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Amulet

Amulet

Amulet

Lapis lazuli

H: 5; W: 3.8; Th: 0.25 cm

Accession number:

70.14.615

Archaeology/Hellenistic, Roman & Byzantine Periods

The front of the amulet is decorated with a hawk-headed human figure in Roman military dress, with feet in the shape of snakes. He holds a shield and the whip of Helios, the sun god. Above his head is a raven surrounded by the inscription “Abrasas,” who was the god of the 365 heavens. His name was the numerological equivalent of 365 and a magical word in its own right. The back bears the name of the Lord in Hebrew along with a magical formula in Greek.