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Outstanding Ancient Byzantine Gnostic Silver Ring with jackal-headed Abraxas

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Seller: bell*passato (199) 100%, Location: Europe, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 192038612444 Outstanding Ancient Byzantine Gnostic Silver Ring with jackal-headed Abraxas Unique authentic Byzantine Gnostic silver amulet ring. The ring consisting of a slightly flat band rounded from the outside and richly decorated around. The round bezel depicting a jackal-headed Abraxas with snake legs. One arm holding a whip, the other one a shield with engraved swastica. Some letters or characters are visible in the free space. Abraxas was a word of mystic meaning in the system of the Gnostic Basilides, being there applied to the "Great Archon" the princeps of the 365 spheres. The word is found in Gnostic texts such as the Holy Book of the Great Invisible Spirit, and also appears in the Greek Magical Papyri. It was engraved on certain antique gemstones, called on that account Abraxas stones, which were used as amulets or charms. As the initial spelling on stones was 'Abrasax' , the spelling of 'Abraxas' seen today probably originates in the confusion made between the Greek letters Sigma and Xi in the Latin transliteration. The seven letters spelling its name may represent each of the seven classic planets.The word may be related to Abracadabra, although other explanations exist. There are similarities and differences between such figures in reports about Basilides's teaching, ancient Gnostic texts, the larger Greco-Roman magical traditions, and modern magical and esoteric writings. Opinions abound on Abraxas, who in recent centuries has been claimed to be both an Egyptian god and a demon. The Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung wrote a short Gnostic treatise in 1916 called The Seven Sermons to the Dead, which called Abraxas a god higher than the Christian God and devil that combines all opposites into one being. approx. 8-11. C. AD - weight 5.2 grams - size 17.5 mm , US approx 7, UK N , Origin South Germany Worn ring with traces and scratches. Bezel heavily scratched. Silver partially roughened from long storing under earth or age. Inscription and engraving with abrasion Item is not finally cleaned preserving origin condition and patina. Material tested for silver. Absolutely wearable condition. © Condition: Worn ring with traces and scratches. Bezel heavily scratched. Silver partially roughened from long storing under earth or age. Inscription and engraving with abrasion Item is not finally cleaned preserving origin condition and patina. Material tested for silver. Absolutely wearable condition., Type: Magical Gnostic ring, Material: silver

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