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Mesopotamian Stone Amulet of an Animal Head - PF.1946
Origin: Northern Syria
Circa: 3000 BC to 2000 BC
Dimensions: .875" (2.2cm) high x .75" (1.9cm) wide x 1" (2.5cm) depth
Collection: Near Eastern
Medium: Stone

Location: United States
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For thousands of years, in every part of the world, mankind has worn talismans and amulets to protect against evil and to bring good luck. Such tokens might invoke the blessings of the gods, avert the evil spirits, or cast a magic spell around the wearer. Highborn and lowborn alike carried amulets as an integral part of daily life. This unusual, abstract charm represents the head of an animal, perhaps a horse. It was likely intended to bring the power, the quickness, the grace, of that animal to the wearer. The passage of time has not dimmed its appeal, its aura of mysterious magic. - (PF.1946)


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