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Mesopotamian Stone Amulet of an Animal - PF.1955
Origin: Northern Syria
Circa: 3000 BC to 2000 BC
Dimensions: .375" (1.0cm) high x .25" (0.6cm) wide x .625" (1.6cm) depth
Collection: Near Eastern
Medium: Stone

Location: United States
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With a few quick strokes, the ancient artist has carved this red pebble into an animal amulet. The creature in question is perhaps a bear, though it might also be a sheep or a bull. Its lack of specific detail only adds to its mystery. Was it once hung around the neck of a baby to give it strength and protection? Did some hunter carry it to ensure a bountiful outcome to the hunt? Might a warrior have worn it into battle to bolster his courage? Talismans and amulets have been used since the dawn of time for these and other reasons. This unusual early charm links us in a magical way with the life of its previous owner. - (PF.1955)


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