Amulet of the type known as magical gem stone card

Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool, World Museum

Amulet of the type known as magical gem stone

M8685

Currently not on display

Round amulet of the type known as magical gem stone, known in antiquity from the 1st centry BC to 4th century AD and used to heal personal health problems or to offer protection. The amulet has Anguipes, the snake leg figure with a bird head. He has to the left the Greek letters ABΡΑ and to the right the letters CAΞ, altogether referring to Abraxas the God's name found in many of these type of magical gem stones. Underneath him there is the name IAΩ. On the other side of the stone there are three names also written in Greek 3 names: Michael, Thuriel, Sabao.