amulets


amulets
   Objects thought to have magical properties that could either bring luck or protect a person from evil. In ancient Mesopotamia amulets were often attached to cords and were worn as pendants, although sometimes people placed them in strategic spots and left them to work their intended magic. Amulets were made of terra-cotta (baked clay), bone, metal, the semiprecious stone lapis lazuli, and other materials. They came in a wide variety of shapes, among the most popular being small figurines of animals, animal heads, and gods.
   See also: jewelry; magic; religion

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