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Object Number:29-221-285.1
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Persia
Section:Near Eastern
Outside Diameter:18.3 cm
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:1571 - Sommerville Amulet/Talisman Number
285 - Sommerville Number
87-5-28 - Found in Collection Number
92-1-239 - Found in Collection Number


A metallic plaque inlaid with gold representing the twelve signs of the zodiac with talismanic inscriptions. Has been used for casting horoscopes and for ascertaining under what signs talismans were to be prepared.

"large disk talisman - front 2 Persian men drinking. Border inscription in Persian (?). Back border inscription with signs of zodiac; another border inscription. Center man sitting in front of a building."

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Collection of Talismans (Maxwell Sommerville) (23 Oct 1889 - 31 Dec 1889) View Objects in Exhibition


[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. University of Pennsylvania, Department of Archaeology and Paleontology. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 18-19, Fig. 1571View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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