29 • An Eye Agate Amulet

29 • An Eye Agate Amulet

Indus Valley; 1st millennium BC
2.4 cm diameter

‘An Achate surely teaches us that it is not an accident, but nature’s certain and sure design, and that the same is a knowing spirit that knows how to use any substance in order to fashion a body, that will have the same figures as the Creator ascribed to every creature’s particular nature in the beginning, while its particular destiny and disposition depends on the stars.’ The Ambronese Curiosity Cabinet, G. E. Rumphus, 1705 © 1999 Yale University

This amulet is testament to the extraordinary power of the Evil Eye which has gripped the human imagination for over 5,000 years, and evidence to the deepseated truth to which it symbolises, that the motor behind all human ambition is envy (Bahaudin Naqshband).

Heliodorus of Emesa (circa 300 %+) perfectly describes the theory in his romance Aethiopica:

‘When any one looks at what is excellent with an envious eye he fills the surrounding atmosphere with a pernicious quality, and transmits his own envenomed exhalations into whatever is nearest to him.’

Amulets such as this one – which has been drilled to enable it to be worn as an amulet – o4er protection against such e4ects, and is a fine example of the earliest traces of protective eyes found in Sumerian, Mesopotamian and Indus Valley sites, all from the same period.