A Rediscovered Text of Porphyry on Mystic Formulae by Christopher K. Callanan

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2mm in diameter. Remains of metal deposits on the lamp, especially the outer side of it. Complete. 7 cm. III. IVORY PYXIS J-91 (Fig. 16: 4; Pl. 25: 5): Small, hemispherical ivory pyxis with two pierced knob handles positioned on the slightly incurved rim, one opposite the other. Its rim is decorated on the upper surface with five incised concentric circles. There may have been an attempt of extra decoration in the form of lines between the second and third circles; however, the state of preservation is not very good and it is impossible to see the complete decoration.

13: 5), have a rhomboid cross section, which is due to the effect of the midrib.

11-13; Pl. 23: 2): Offering stand/incense burner. A shallow bowl with everted, broad, flat ledge rim. The bowl is attached by three rivets to the top of a round-sectioned, somewhat tilted stem whose upper edge is sharply flaring creating a small horizontal flat disc on which the bowl rests and in which the rivets are inserted. Below the flat disk the stem is coiled, either as a decorative element or the result of the technology of production. The rest of the stem is smooth, thickening at its bottom just above the point in which it is partitioned into three legs.

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