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5. Roman Silver Lunar Pendant

A Roman silver crescent shaped lunar pendant with granule and ribbed loop. 1st - 3rd century AD.

A lunar or lunula (plural: lunulae) was a crescent moon shaped pendant worn by roman girls as an apotropaic amulet to protect them against evil forces. The equivalent pendant for boys was the bulla. In popular belief Romans usually wore amulets as a talisman to protect themselves against evil forces, demons and sorcery, but especially against the evil eye.

Condition: Fine condition.

Dimensions: 30mm (1 1/4") 3.7 grams.

Provenance: Ex. Property of a west Wiltshire collector, acquired in the 1970s.


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