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A rare find: serpent amulet

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.8035000 zmeeviki zmeevik13

The amulet’s side with snakes – what did it mean? … How this amulet was used? What was it for in general? 8054458Due 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…image

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.8000186 zmeevik1 7999160 8016570 8019642 8027834 8007354

The lucky guy who found the serpent amulet used a Mars Tiger coil, you can read his report at the forum)

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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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2 Responses to A rare find: serpent amulet

  • HI, DO YOU KNOW WHEN THE DISCOVERY COIL EAR BOLT HOLES ARE GOING TO BE MADE SMALLER AS MY COIL ROCKS ON THE MARS AND FIRST TEXAS BOLTS? SPENT THE SUMMER TRYING TO CORRECT ISSUE,BUT AS SOON AS ITS MOVED OR ADJUSTED IT STARTS ROCKING ON BOLT AGAIN! ANY TIPS?

    • Hello Sean,
      We aren’t going to make the Discovery coil ear bolt holes smaller. When tightening the coil bolt, usage of the rubber washers is a must – if doing so, these ones fix the coil firmly. If you don’t use the washers, you can simply break the coil ears.
      Best wishes, MarsMD

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