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BCC L1224 viewsLead Amulet
Uncertain Date
2nd-5th Century CE?
Lead Amulet with mirror image Greek inscriptions
Obverse: CΑΒΑW (Lord of Hosts)
Rev: ΡΕΦΑΕΛ (Archangel Raphael)
2.3cm. 2.23 gm. Axis:0
11 viewsROME
PB Tessera (23mm, 6.90 g, 12h
Flaccid male genitals (or leaf?)
Rostovtsev –

The obverse type differs from the phallic imagery sometimes scene on Roman tesserae. This example depicts a flaccid, rather than engorged penis, often conservatively described in numismatics as a "pudenda virilia." The unusual shape of this piece, combined with the differing obverse type, makes me think this may be a fertility amulet.
141 viewsROME
PB Gnostic amulet
3rd-5th century AD
Abraxas standing left, with head of a cock, body of a man, and legs of a serpent, holding spear and shield
Star over crescent; ABPA/ CAZ below
Cf. Rostowzew & Prou 820a (oval shape, letters IAω around deity)

Remnants of loupe for suspension at 12'

Not a tessera, but often erroneously included among them.
2009-Austria - Carnuntum50 viewsAmulettes for men.berserker
AE cock25 viewsAmulet or toy?Tibsi
AE phallos amulet38 views1st century AD
45 mm and 23 grams
AE sword amulet36 views4.25 cm, 3.26 gr.Tibsi
AE-Antic-Object, Celtic (?) hanging amulet #01117 viewsAE-Antic-Object, Celtic (?) hanging amulet #01
The object made of bronze, with 10 knob in 4 row and a ring-shape form in the end part to be hung, and a conic shape form on the other side with 4 small knob.
size: 80x27x21mm,
weight: 91,85g,
date: Br-age c.800-600 B.C. (?)
amulet lead26 viewswreath around cross, two pellets at end of each arm
4.02 g
25mm tall
wreath 17mm wide
Amulet of Bes62 views1st century BC - 1st century AD
1.25" tall

A small terracotta amulet of the god Bes, from Roman Egypt.

Bes was an apotropaic deity, the protector of the home. As such He is often depicted on everyday household items such as chairs, pottery, or even on the walls of the house itself.
Shown here wearing His plumed headdress and panther skin, Bes (possibly from the Nubian “Besa“, or ‘Protector‘) may have originally been a cat god. Why He evolved into a dwarf is not known.

This item donated to the Hallie Ford museum in Salem Oregon.

amulet/cross 15 viewsCross both sides
20mm diameter

4.70g lead
ancient Amulet27 views20/cm by 20 cm
cross both sides four pellets
Antique-AE-Pearl or Amulet #0166 viewsAntique-AE-Pearl or Amulet #01
type:AE-Pearl-or Amulet
size: 17x13mm,
weight: 7,08g,
date: Bronz Age ??? A.D.,
ref: ???
distribution: ???,
ANTIQUITIES, Egypt, Scarab of Sesostris III, 1836 - 1818 B.C.70 views- Scarabée, Egypte Sesostris III, 1800 av.-JC. (Stéatite) 312
Amulette-sceau de 20 mm en forme de coléoptère, hiéroglyphes gravés sur l’abdomen : scarabée ….

Sesostris III was a Pharaoh of the 12th dynasty (which lasted from c.1938–c. 1756 B.C.) and during his reign he completely reshaped Egypt’s government and extended his dominion in Nubia, the land immediately south of Egypt.
Roger D2
ANTIQUITIES, Egypt, Stone Heart Amulet. c.2000 - 1700 B.C.79 viewsEgyptian Stone Heart Amulet, c. Middle Kingdom with etched veins.ancientcoins
Antiquity New Kingdom Scarab of Tuthmosis III53 viewsNew Kingdom. 18th Dynasty. Tuthmosis III (circa 1504-1450 BC). Steatite scarab (14x10mm). Base engraved with the cartouche of Tuthmosis III; on the left, a Maat father and the crown of Lower Egypt. Intact, once glazed, pierced for mounting. Ex David Hendin collection. CNG Auction 93.

Scarabs were used as lucky and magical charms in ancient Egypt. Scarabs, such as this one, with the names of pharos, were particularly powerful, and were produced as protective amulets for the public. Hendin’s collection of scarabs were collected by him in Israel in the 1970s and 1980s.
2 commentsLucas H
BCC L142 viewsLead Amulet
Obv:Radiate Bust Facing (Sol?)
Rev:Greek Inscription YGIA(health?)
12x18mm. Approx. 1.90g.
BCC L1140 viewsLead Amulet Ring
Late Roman - Gnostic
Obv: I A W Greek letters in
raised design. In addition to
the small diameter, there is a
raised seam on the inside which
would seem to make this a very
uncomfortable ring to wear.
22x17mm. 3.24gm.
BCC L1416 viewsLead Amulet or Badge
Late Roman?-Magical/Gnostic?
Samaritan? or Crusader?
Obv: Concentric design with border of
20 dots, 18 boxes, an inner circle
surrounding five pellets and a central
dot. Two mounting loops, intact.
32x22mm. 4.14gm.
Rev: Blank
BCC L651 viewsLead Amulet
Late Roman - Gnostic
Obv: Anguipede, stylized Persian influenced snake-legged figure,
usually with head of rooster, carrying flail and shield.
Rev: ABPACAX mystical word whose letters add up to 365
in the Greek numerical system. The Gnostic cult was active at Caesarea at least
through the early 4th century. At this stage, the magical symbol itself on this amulet
has become more important than the details of that image.
22x16mm 3.86gm Axis:0
BCC L947 viewsLead Amulet
Late Roman - Gnostic
Obv: Anguipede, stylized Persian
influenced snake-legged figure,
usually with head of rooster,
carrying flail and shield, in
Roman military dress.
Retro-grade Greek inscription
in three lines on a recessed
surface. The Gnostic cult was
active at Caesarea at least
through the early 4th century CE.
Pb14x12.5mm 2.19gm Axis:0
BCC MA232 viewsAmulet of Horus (Harpocrates)
1st-4th cent.CE?
Infant Horus with finger to mouth,
perhaps part of a beaded necklace.
This representation is a realization
of the Hieroglyph for “child” that
was later mis-interpreted by Roman
and Greek writers as a gesture of
silence. (information from Wikipedia
entry on Harpocrates)
AE height18.5mm. weight:1.75gm.
BCC MA724 viewsBronze Ring Amulet
Uncertain Date
Very tiny bronze ring engraved
with an arrow piercing the “evil eye”.
15x11mm. wt.0.74gm.
Original inside diameter:
approximately 10-13mm.
Chinese Charm with coin inscription from Later Zhou Dynasty 951 - 960 A.D.87 viewsCast Bronze Chinese Charm, Weight 8.8g, Max diameter 26.8mm, Obv. 周 元通宝 zhou yuan tong bao "Zhou First Currency", Rev. Dragon on left, Warrior with sword on right (depicting "Zhou Chu killing the dragon"), Rich brown patina.

Background info courtsey

In addition to official coinage, China also has a long history of producing "coin-like" charms, amulets and talismans.

Coins, as a form of money, represent power. Coin-shaped charms are, therefore, a very compact form of power. They are filled with symbolism and are believed by the multitude of Chinese to have vast powers.

Cast throughout the centuries, these ancient charms, informally referred to by the Chinese as "ya sheng coins" (压胜钱), "flower coins" (huaqian 花钱) or "play coins" (wanqian 玩钱), were not used as money but rather to suppress evil spirits, bring "good luck", "good fortune" and to avert misfortune.

For the most part, all these old charms,...were privately cast and their quantities and dates are almost impossible to determine. Nevertheless, they serve as important cultural artifacts from the life of the common Chinese throughout the centuries.

Emperor Shizong did cast coins in earnest beginning in 955 AD, the second year of his Xiande (显德) reign, with the inscription zhou yuan tong bao (周 元通宝). To obtain the copper to make the coins, Emperor Shizong ordered the confiscation of bronze statues from 3,336 Buddhist temples. He also mandated that citizens turn in to the government all bronze utensils with the exception of bronze mirrors.

Zhou yuan tong bao coins are very well made and still exist in large quantities. Because the coins were made from Buddhist statues, they are considered to have special powers. For example, it was believed that the zhou yuan tong bao coin could cure malaria and help women going through a difficult labor.

Because of the common belief that the coin has special powers, the zhou yuan tong bao became very popular as the basis for charms and amulets. There are many charms with the inscription zhou yuan tong bao on the obverse and a dragon and phoenix on the reverse. Images of the Buddha, zodiac animals, and other auspicious objects can also be found on the reverse sides of zhou yuan tong bao charms.

The theme of this charm is "Zhou Chu killing the dragon".

A folk story about Zhou Chu appeared in the 430AD book "A New Account of the Tales of the World" and proved to be very popular. The story claims that Zhou Chu was such a hot-headed bully in his younger days that he was called one of the "Three Scourges" by the villagers in his hometown (in today's Yixing), along with a dragon and a tiger. Upon hearing the term, Zhou Chu went on to kill the tiger and the dragon. After he and the dragon disappeared for 3 days fighting in Lake Tai, the villagers celebrated wildly, just when Zhou Chu returned with the dragon's head. That was when he realized that he was the last scourge that the villagers feared. Determined to mend his old ways, he sought out Eastern Wu generals Lu Ji and Lu Yun, and received encouragement. Eventually he became an accomplished general beloved by his people~Wikipedia
3 commentsSteve E
Christian lead amulet First Bulgarian Empire (681 - 1018).59 viewsworn on neck
Date: end of 9th through tenth century
Knjaz St. Boris I obliges all the Bulgarians to bring Christian symbols after the conversion to Christianity (865 AD).
25mm by 15mm, 5.78g

thanks to Val/Orthodox coins for this information
Christian lead amulet First Bulgarian Empire (681 - 1018).31 viewsworn on neck
Date: end of 9th through tenth century
Knjaz St. Boris I obliges all the Bulgarians to bring Christian symbols after the conversion to Christianity (865 AD).
20mm by 15mm, 7.58g

thanks to Val/Orthodox coins for this information
Christian lead amulet First Bulgarian Empire (681 - 1018).76 viewsCross design in square, both sides. Bronze?
14mm/1mm 2.34
1 commentswileyc
Christian lead amulet First Bulgarian Empire (681 - 1018).29 viewsworn on neck
simple cross on one side
cross with two concentric circles on other side
Date: end of 9th through tenth century
Knjaz St. Boris I obliges all the Bulgarians to bring Christian symbols after the conversion to Christianity (865 AD).
3mm/16mm 5.16g

20mm by 15mm, 7.58g
Christian lead amulet First Bulgarian Empire (681 - 1018).17 viewsworn on neck

cross with two concentric circles on ends
half circle with concentric circles on end, and in arch
Date: end of 9th through tenth century
Knjaz St. Boris I obliges all the Bulgarians to bring Christian symbols after the conversion to Christianity (865 AD).
3mm/16mm 5.16g

21mm 3.09g
Christian lead amulet First Bulgarian Empire (681 - 1018).24 viewsclover leaf
blank on one side
17mm, 3.39 g
Christian lead amulet First Bulgarian Empire (681 - 1018).23 viewscross with dots in each quarter
16mm 2.03g
EGYPTIAN149 viewsNefertem. Faience amulet , 52mm . Late period.
Son to Sekhmet and Ptah,Nefertem (or Nefertum) completes the divine Memphite family. He is shown here in human form wearing the lotus flower as a crown with two plumes and two menyet counterpoised at its sides.He wears a shendyt kilt and braided beard .
Ex A.F.Pagnon collection. AncientArt XXXVIII # 11.
3 commentsbenito
Egyptian Faience Dwarf with Large Phallus151 viewsA Large Faience Egyptian Amulet of a Dwarf. A large faience amulet of a dwarf with large phallus, Late Period, c. 664 - 30 BC, seated with his knees drawn up before him, tufts of hair on each side of his head. He holds his enormous engorged phallus against his chest with both hands, resting his chin on the end. Suspension loop at the back of his head. H: 46 mm. Intact, glaze fade though traces of black still on the hair. Ex Negus collection, UK, late 19th Century.
Ex Agora Auctions #1 - Nov 2013

Great info from FORVM member Russ (thanks!):
These items represent the ancient Egyptian god Min, and date from the XXVIth Dynasty to Roman times. See:
1. Andrews, Carol. Amulets of Ancient Egypt. Avon/Austin, 1994: pages 11, 16, 17, 88; Figs 5a and 11b.
2. Blanchard, R.H. Handbook of Egyptian Gods and Mummy Amulets. Cairo, 1909 (reprinted by Attic Books, no date): page 19, Figs. 193 & 194, Plate XXXVII. Blanchard notes " Min, Minu or Khem, the ithyphalic god of procreation and harvest. He was allied to Amen and wears the two feathers. He hoolds aloft the flail with his right arm. He was the son of Isis, father of Ra, and husband of his mother. Min was the original of the Greek god Pan, and was worshipped at Akhmim, or the Panopolis of the Greeks."
3. Petrie, W.M.F. Amulets, London, 1914, reprinted 1974: page 37, Section 161, Plate XXX.
4 commentsSosius
Egyptian Faience Frog30 views2nd-1st Millenium BC, Egyptian Faience Frog. c. 11mm maximum diameter.

From Forvm's description of a similar piece:

The frog was a symbol of the Egyptian goddess of birth, Heget. Her priestesses were midwives and women often wore frog amulets during childbirth. Heget was said to have breathed life in to the new body of Horus and some of her amulets include the phrase, "I am the resurrection." Curiously, early Christians adopted the frog as a symbol of Christ's resurrection.
1 commentsMolinari
Egyptian late dynastic faience amulet23 viewsEgyptian late dynastic faience amulet of Thoth in the form of a seated baboon.

Thoth's roles in Egyptian mythology were many. He served as a mediating power, especially between good and evil, making sure neither had a decisive victory over the other. He also served as scribe of the gods, credited with the invention of writing and alphabets (i.e. hieroglyphs) themselves. In the underworld, Duat, he appeared as an ape, A'an, the god of equilibrium, who reported when the scales weighing the deceased's heart against the feather, representing the principle of Ma'at, was exactly even.

The ancient Egyptians regarded Thoth as One, self-begotten, and self-produced. He was the master of both physical and moral (i.e. Divine) law, making proper use of Ma'at. He is credited with making the calculations for the establishment of the heavens, stars, Earth, and everything in them. Compare this to how his feminine counterpart, Ma'at was the force which maintained the Universe. He is said to direct the motions of the heavenly bodies. Without his words, the Egyptians believed, the gods would not exist. His power was unlimited in the Underworld and rivaled that of Ra and Osiris.

The Egyptians credited him as the author of all works of science, religion, philosophy, and magic. The Greeks further declared him the inventor of astronomy, astrology, the science of numbers, mathematics, geometry, land surveying, medicine, botany, theology, civilized government, the alphabet, reading, writing, and oratory. They further claimed he was the true author of every work of every branch of knowledge, human and divine.

Reputedly ex Florence Rossetti collection (c.1948-50)
Egyptian steatite scarab amulet18 viewsHyksos - Second Intermediate Period
circa 1700-1600 B.C.
Egyptian steatite scarab amulet23 viewsHyksos - Second Intermediate Period
circa 1700-1600 B.C.
Eye of Horus: Third Intermediate Period (ca. 1070-664 BCE) Blue and Black faience Wedjet Amulet (Petrie, Amulets pl. XXV, 138y)29 viewsFrom the Carl Devries Collection1 commentsQuant.Geek
Faience Eye of Horus Amulet (Wedjat), VI Dynasty to Ptolemaic Period 30 viewsFaience Eye of Horus Amulet (Wedjat), VI Dynasty to Ptolemaic Period

Eye of Horus Amulet, Light blue Faience, no black detail, looking right, 15mm.
The 'sound' eye that restores life. Petrie 138
2 commentsRandygeki(h2)
Fragment of Amulet37 viewsTypically one side has PEFAHL (ie Raphael, the Archangel), retrograde, the other side CABAW (heavenly 'Hosts')
Late Roman early Byzantine
10mm by 8mm.
Fragment of a “magical” pendent or amulet. Portion of the name Gabriel with the one suspension hoop on this remaining fragmentS. imilar to one from the Sternberg sale (in association with Wolfe) of Jewish, Early Christian and Byzantine Antiquities (XXIII, 1989, lot 256). Thanks to Gert Boerswema from Forum and Vcoins for this information
Imperial China, Northern Zhou Dynasty: Emperor Wu (574-576) Cash (Hartill-13.30)18 viewsObv: 五行大布 Wu Xing Da Bu (The Large Coin of the Five Elements [metal, wood, water, fire and water]).
Rev: Blank

Issued in 574 by Emperor Wu. Intended to be worth ten Bu Quans. Illegal coining soon produced specimens of a reduced weight, and the authorities banned the use of this coin in 576. This inscription is frequently found in amulets.
1 commentsSpongeBob
Lead Amulet16 viewsCross Hatch pattern
7 across, 6 down
Blank on reverse
Tear drop shape
Lead Amulet15 viewsobj: oval with five leafs/each with pellet
Lead Amulet13 views25 by 15 mm
two clasps
7 ray star with pellets in each sector

lead amulet11 views12 leaf pendant
pellet in center
Lead Amulet39 viewscircle 22mm
cross one side pellet in each arm
reverse arms outlined with pellets
1 commentswileyc
possible amulet 22 views16mm

lead/cross with pellets on each arm and in center
Qebehsenuef: Late Period (ca. 664-332 BCE) Blue-Green Faience Amulet (Petrie, Amulets pl. XXXII, 182e)15 viewsFrom the Carl Devries Collection
Roman Glass Amulet56 viewsDate: Circa 2nd-3rd century AD
Size: 16 mm

This tear drop shaped glass amulet has a lovely blue color. "It is even sweeter since I gave it to my wife on this nice silver chain!"
3 commentsNoah
TESSERA30 views4th Century AD
AE Holed Tessera 12 mm 0.8 g
O: Bust of Mercury, right, with caduceus over shoulder, within beaded border; anepigraphic
R: Crescent moon with 3 stars, within beaded border; anepigraphic
Probably used as an amulet or event/admission token
Unknown Amulet32 viewslead 13mm long, 6mm thick.
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