110 • Three Bronze Amulets

Central Asia, 1st millennium BC
Size: 9 cm, 7.5 cm and 7.5 cm high

Amulets like these have been found in the Altai region, Balkh, Hunza Valley, Quetta Valley and Luristan. They belong to nomadic culture, and while the technique of their making is sophisticated, its geographical origin is unknown. They are amulets of fertility and abundance, with loops, to be worn. Two represent women with infants, the third a vase with an animal’s head.