Charm - 910.87.602_1

910.87.602_1

Charm

Medium:Stagbeetle head and mandible with silver fittings
Geography: Purchased in Jerusalem
Date: 19th century AD
Dimensions:
5 x 3.6 x 2 cm
Taxonomy
    • Attributes
    • Objects
    • Taxonomy
    • KingdomAnimalia
    • PhylumArthropoda
    • ClassInsecta
    • OrderColeoptera
    • FamilyLucanidae
Object number: 910.87.602
Not on view
DescriptionIn his 77 AD Natural History Pliny the Elder in describing the beetle family mentions "in one large kind we find horns of a remarkable length, two-pronged at the extremities, and forming pincers, which the animal closes when it is its intention to bite. These beetles are suspended from the neck of infants by way of remedy against certain maladies" This amulet is presumably of a similar purpose to that described by Pliny.
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