Black Serpentine Amulet, 4th Century BC

Black Serpentine Amulet, 4th Century BC

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Caption: Black serpentine amulet, Assyria or Mesopotamia, circa 4th century BC and later. Assyria was a Semitic Akkadian kingdom, extant as a nation state from the 25th or 24th century BC until 605 BC. Assyria was centred on the Upper Tigris river, in northern Mesopotamia. The Assyrians came to rule powerful empires a number of times through history. As part of the greater Mesopotamian civilization, Assyria was at its height a highly advanced nation for its time in terms of architecture, engineering, agriculture, economics, civil service, mathematics, medicine, literature, military technology, law, astronomy and libraries/record keeping. An amulet can be any object but its most important characteristic is its alleged power to protect its owner from danger or harm.

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