Solomon’s Seal – A Bronze Amulet from the 6th century

This bronze amulet is inscribed on both sides with christian and magical elements and dated to the 6th century.

On the obverse (front side): Images and inscritpions related to the New Testament:

  • a haloed face of God in a mandorla held up by angels,
  • the Annunciation to the Shepherds and Adoration of the Magi
  • Christ’s healing miracles (the demoniac, the woman with an issue of blood, the paralytic, etc.),
  • the Marriage at Cana (Christ with two figures holding hands under a canopy, wine jars on their right).

Inscription:

Lord, do not give strength to my enemies, for your right hand always protects me. Turn evils unto their heads, Lord our God; do not give them power.

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On the reverse (back side):

  • winged male figure at the top with two crocodiles at his feet and four scorpions in his hands
  • seven lines of Greek script,
  • two lions and the star of David inbetween them
  • stars and moon symbols
  • magic signs, mainly with ring endings

Inscription:

[…] Sisinnius tramples you down, filthy one. You no longer have strength. Solomon’s seal has rendered you impotent. Michael, Gabriel, Uriel, Raphael tie you down, Alimerbimach.

[…] means that this part is destroyed.

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Source

The amulet is kept at the British Museum (London) under the Registration number 1938,1010.1.
Link to the amulet: https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/H_1938-1010-1