University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:29-221-213
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Near East
Section:Near Eastern
Brass (uncertain)
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:213 - Sommerville Number
1535 - Sommerville Amulet/Talisman Number


Oblong rectangular talisman with black silk cord. Engraved on both sides. front with various arabic inscriptions and magic squares. multi-headed human figure in center. central deity with 17 faces and body covered with inscription; surrounding border of Moslem prayers. back mostly filled with arabic words. 256 small squares with Persian characters, bordered by prayers to Allah. loops on sides hold black swords.


[Book] Sommerville, Maxwell. 1889. Manual Descriptive of a Collection of Talismans Engraved on Stones and Metals of Various Countries and Epochs, Illustrative of What Man has Worn for his Protection from Accident and Disease; Also, Ancient Gems, Babylonian Cylinders, Persian Seals, etc.. Philadelphia. Department of Archaeology and Paleontology. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 13, Fig. 1535View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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