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Mesopotamian Stone Amulet of a Bird - PF.1951
Origin: Northern Syria
Circa: 3000 BC to 2000 BC
Dimensions: 0.75" (1.9cm) high x 0.5" (1.3cm) wide x 1.375" (3.5cm) depth
Collection: Near Eastern
Medium: Stone

Location: United States
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Occasionally, a charm or amulet that has enormous power and magic for one culture will have only aesthetic value for another. Where the Egyptians attached great importance to the scarab, the Greeks might have been seen only a species of desert beetle. Yet, every culture makes use of such talismans for protection and to bring good luck. This unusual charm was carved by one of the early peoples of the Upper Euphrates Valley. It is unclear what it depicts, perhaps a bird, maybe a sea creature. What magic it was thought to bring is also unknown, though surely it has remained potent across the centuries. - (PF.1951)


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