Cylindrical Pendant with Magical Writing

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453

This cylindrical stone pendant (now broken) is carved with lines of magic symbols on two facets, and the image of a quadruped on one facet. Rather than forming actual words, the writing appears to represent a magical alphabet. The inscription remains undeciphered, and exactly what such a pendant was meant to protect against remains a mystery.

Cylindrical Pendant with Magical Writing, Jet

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