Egyptian. <em>Matrix for a Gnostic Sealing</em>, 2nd–3rd century C.E. Metal, 9/16 x 1 9/16 x 13/16 in. (1.5 x 4 x 2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, 77.128.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.77.128.2_back.jpg)

Matrix for a Gnostic Sealing


Medium: Metal

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:2nd–3rd century C.E.

Dimensions: 9/16 x 1 9/16 x 13/16 in. (1.5 x 4 x 2 cm)


Accession Number: 77.128.2

Image: CUR.77.128.2_back.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
One metal matrix from which so-called Gnostic sealings could be made. The main figure is Abraxas, the anguipede cock in armor. The matrix, itself of a silver colored metal, is set into a bronze colored metal. The main motif of the matrix, in sunken relief, is a representation of the serpent-footed rooster, with a human body- Abraxas. Gnostic symbols surround the representation which is facing to the left. Condition: Both the matrix and the metal into which it is set are oval shaped. The back of the object may have originally contained a decoration in sunken relief as well but the surface is too effaced to make an educated guess about what once was there.

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