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Box-shaped metal pendant, amulet. On the obverse, an oval medallion showing two figures in a chariot drawn by two large birds and a Hebrew inscription above. Sagittarius depicted on one of the chariot's wheels. Beneath the medallion is a magical square of Jupiter (4x4) of Hebrew letters and symbols. On the reverse, eight lines of Hebrew script within a rectangle and three more lines above.
- Production date
- 16thC-18thC (?)
Length: 5.70 centimetres
- Curator's comments
The emblem of Sagittarius is depicted on one wheel of the chariot and possibly Pisces on the other. These signs are the two houses of Jupiter.
For information on symbols see: Agrippa von Nettesheim, 'De occulta philosophia', ed. 1533 and K. A. Novotny, 'The Construction of certain Seals ans Characters in the Work of Agrippa of Nettesheim', Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, XII, 1949.
E.A. Wallis Budge (/1978), 'Amulets and Superstitions', New York: Dover Publications Inc. (chapters VIII, XXI and XXII)
Joshua Trachtenberg (/2004), 'Jewish Magic and Superstition: A Study in Folk Religion', Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press (chapter 16)
T Schrire (1966), 'Hebrew Amulets: their decipherment and interpretation', London: Routledge and Kegan Paul (chapters 11 & 12)
- Not on display
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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