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Amulet Carved in Intaglio (Incised)

Date:
6th–7th century
Geography:
Made in Byzantine Egypt
Culture:
Coptic
Medium:
Hematite, silver mount
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 15/16 x 1 7/16 x 3/8 in. (5 x 3.7 x 1 cm) Hematite: 1 7/8 x 1 7/16 x 3/8 in. (4.8 x 3.6 x 1 cm)
Classification:
Lapidary Work-Hematite
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.491
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 302
Inscriptions identify the subject of this amulet as the Woman with the Issue of Blood (Mark 5:25–34; Luke 8:43–48). On the reverse a woman stands in the orant (prayer) pose. Hematite was believed to stop the flow of blood and was a favorite medium for amulets related to female reproductive health and menstrual problems.
Inscription: (commencing on the obverse and continuing on the reverse) is an abbreviation or variant of passage from Mark 5:25-34 relating to the miracle.
J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (until 1917)
Breck, Joseph, and Meyric R. Rogers. The Pierpont Morgan Wing: A Handbook. 1st ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1925. p. 41.

Breck, Joseph, and Meyric R. Rogers. The Pierpont Morgan Wing: A Handbook. 2nd ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1929. p. 41.

Weitzmann, Kurt, ed. Age of Spirituality: Late Antique and Early Christian Art, Third to Seventh Century. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1979. no. 398, p. 440.

Stutzinger, Dagmar, ed. Spätantike und frühes Christentum. Frankfurt: Liebighaus Museum alter Plastik, 1983. no. 165, pp. 560–61.

Spier, Jeffrey. "Medieval Byzantine Magical Amulets and Their Tradition." Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes (1993). p. 44, fig. 6b.

Stonberg, Jacquelyn Tuerk. "An Early Byzantine Inscribed Amulet and Its Narratives." Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies (1999). pp. 25-42, fig. 1, 2.

Kalavrezou, Ioli. Byzantine Women and their World. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Art Museums, 2003. pp. 274, 283-284.



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