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Most Fowl: Athena, Ares, and Hermes Depicted as Birds on Engraved Gems

Jeffrey Spier
Pallas
No. 83 (2010), pp. 245-250
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43606056
Page Count: 6
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Abstract

Trois gemmes inédites sont ici analysées. Toutes représentent des divinités sous une forme composite, en partie sous forme d'oiseaux. Il s'agit d'une intaille qui représente Athéna sous la forme d'une chouette, d'un camée qui montre Ares sous la forme d'un coq, et d'une autre intaille avec un coq-Hermès composite. Le coq-Hermès apparaît sur des tintinnabula en bronze du Ier siècle, qui jouaient le rôle d'amulettes porte-bonheur. Three previously unpublished gems are discussed, all representing deities in composite form, partly as birds. These are an intaglio depicting Athena as an owl, a cameo showing Ares as a cock, and another intaglio with the head of a composite Hermes-cock. The Hermes-cock figure appears on bronze tintinnabula of the first century that served as good luck charms.

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