Here is a really cool find – a serpent amulet depicting two horsemen on one side and a serpent composition on the other side…wow, a very rare and expensive thing! This is the only type of serpent composition where a human body is formed by snakes and at the same time, a human head is not in the center of the composition but at the top of it, and multiple snake heads form the outer edge of the circle.
The amulet’s side with snakes – what did it mean? … How this amulet was used? What was it for in general? Due to numerous versions and materials devoted to serpent amulets there’s a supposition that a serpent amulet is a talisman protecting from all sorts of troubles and misfortunes. Although, taking into account the fact that pictures of snakes have something witching and even demonic, and that a 12-head snake impersonifies 12 sister fevers representing all human diseases, it seems a bit strange to consider such a thing to be a talisman…
We can not say with certainty how such amulets were worn, since none of them was found with a chain or a cord. Many other types of amulets reveal their role as they are usually found together with other elements of finery and decoration, but serpent amutels are always solo finds without any chains, cords or other devices for wearing, so it is hard to understand which side of the serpent amulet is the front one.
There are hundreds of interesting little medallions with stamped or molded surface, made of metal and stone, and the uniqueness of such amulets is in their double face – on one side there’s a canonical Christian picture and on the other side you can see obviously not an orthodox image, not Slavic, and not Christian – a phenomenon that is worth to be studied. Unfortunately, there are no preserved written sources reflecting people’s views of the period when such serpent amulets were popular (which was aptly named by contemporaries as “dual faith”), so artifacts of that period collected by archeologists and historians of arts and crafts may be helpful in examination of this issue.
We can also add that magical amulets and talismans became known owing to excavations of burial mounds and owing to found treasures. Also, it is worth noting that serpent amulets almost never have been placed in graves and never were hidden as part of treasures.
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