Magic Inscribed Amulet

Unknown3rd century

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

This agate amulet, which has suffered chipping on both faces, is inscribed in Greek characters with the name of its ancient owner, Caia, and a magic formula.

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  • Title: Magic Inscribed Amulet
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 3rd century
  • Location Created: Roman Empire
  • Physical Dimensions: 3.9 x 3.5 x 1.1 cm (1 9/16 x 1 3/8 x 7/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Agate
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California, Gift of Norma Copley
  • Object Type: Amulet
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 73.AN.1
  • Inscription: Inscription: Inscribed with magic formula and the name of the owner in Greek characters. Name of the owner, translated from Greek: "Caia".
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 208, Religious Offerings
  • Department: Antiquities
  • Culture: Greek or Roman
  • Credit Line: Gift of Norma Copley
  • Classification: Jewelry