Coptic Ethiopian Snakeskin Healing Scroll Protection Amulet ca 17th to 18th c

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Seller: ysseikkles ✉️ (375) 100%, Location: Portland, Oregon, US, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 304517704076 Coptic Ethiopian Snakeskin Healing Scroll Protection Amulet ca 17th to 18th c. 15-18th Century Ethiopia Ge’ez Coptic Christian Vellum Magic Scroll Unopened, wrapped in snakeskin. Most magic scrolls are wrapped in leather, but this unusual piece is wrapped in snakeskin. Most scrolls are tailored to the individual and what spiritual sickness ailed him, so perhaps he needed the the magic of snakes to heal him. These amulets were normally worn around a cord close to the person. Prior to the 15th century in Ethiopia, magic and Coptic Christianity were deeply intertwined. In the 15th century, the emperor Zar’a Ya‘eqob attempted to ban the practice of magic. Nonetheless, it was still practiced in the countryside by medicine men called debtera. These people would study magic and would write healing scrolls for people who needed them. Kristen Windmuller-Luna from the Met Museum explains that Ethiopian healing scrolls eliminate illness by purging evil spirits and demons from a sick person. The scrolls were commissioned by the illiterate to combat grave illnesses. Ethiopian medicine and talismanic art drew from Christian and Muslim traditions. They incorporated Christian texts and were written in Ge’ez, a 2,000-year-old religious language of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church to invoke the secret names of god. The scrolls’ prayers are composed of passages from Christian books that invoke these or other protective and curative words. Frequently used prayers protect against the evil eye or capture demons. It is frequently accompanied by a talismanic design of an eight-pointed star, used to trap demons within its interlocking lines. Still other prayers act against malevolent spells. As in all Ge’ez manuscripts, prayers are written with carbon black ink, while the names of the holy Trinity and headings are written with red ink. The client’s name is added in red only after the scroll’s completion. The inks are sometimes enhanced with ritually powerful plants or sacrificial blood to increase their effectiveness. Only these two colors are necessary for a scroll to be effective. While it is unknown exactly how old this protective magic piece is, it is at least centuries old. I have attempted to take multiple pictures in different lighting to capture the patina and wear of this item. Thank you for looking and please check out my other similar listings. Color: Brown, Material: snakeskin, Maker: handmade

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