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    Detail of a Buryat shaman's robe w/iron implements and helper-spirit forms.

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    My Attic: Marrakech

    Know your Vegvisirs. I was drawing these, wondered why the different versions around the place. Nobody can figure out what Björks tattoo actually is, a Galdrabók one roughly done most likely #bjork #vegvisir #tattoo

    “This may be a 17th C charmstone…where round crystals are found set in silver on a chain for dipping into liquids as charms against disease. Such crystal balls were often found in Northern European burials of the early Middle Ages (especially Germanic, Merovingian and Anglo-Saxon). Meaney suggests these balls were frequently complemented with a sieve-spoon and were mostly found in female burials.”

    Mali | Talisman from the Dogon people | Leather, shell and bronze sun made using the lost wax method

    Morocco | Necklace with three Khamsa pendants and snake motif | Silver with niello decoration, stone, wax | ca. 19th or 20th century | ©Desert Jewels Catalogue; photography from the Xavier Guerrand-Hermès Collection

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    Hulinhjalmur (helm of disguise) from the Galdrabók ~ Icelandic grimoire. Would be a cool tattoo!

    Large amber with silver and tassel, probably from Ait Ouaouzguit, Morocco

    Valknut by Chariot Design The knot of triangles. Called “the heart of the slain,” among other names, the Valknut bore nine points and symbolized the interconnected worlds of Norse cosmology. This version of the Valknut decorates its points with sigils marking the nine worlds of Norse mythology: Muspellheim, Niflheim, Helheim, Asgard, Midgard, Jotunheim, Vanaheim, Alfheim, and Svart-alfheim.

    Anatolian Idol in the Form of a Stylized Female Figure

    Byzantine Icon

    Ethiopia | Collection of old amulets from the Highlands region | Silver

    Amulet, 11th century; Fatimid, Egypt Ink on paper H. 9 in. (23 cm), W. 3 1/4 in. (8.4 cm) Centuries before block printing was introduced in Europe, the technique was used in the Islamic world to produce miniature texts consisting of prayers, incantations, and Qur’anic verses that were kept in amulet boxes. The text on this amulet is in the angular kufic script. The six-pointed star, a familiar symbol in Islamic art, is usually called "Solomon's seal."

    Amulet, Bastet, : Late Period–Ptolemaic Period \: 664–30 B.C. Egypt