Amulet, China, n.d.

Description (Brief)
One (1) amulet
China, n.d.
Obverse Image: A charm character on the right and left with an inscription; in the center the symbol of the male and female principle.
Obverse Text: Romanization: T'AI / SHANG / CHOU / YUEH / T'IEN / YUAN / TI / FANG / FANG / (LIU?) / LU / CHIU / CHANG / FU / SHEN / TAO / CH'U / WAN / KUEI / MIEH / WANG / CHI / CHI / JU / LU / LING / CH'IH (Translation: T'ai Shang's charm says: Heaven is round and earth is square. The (six) rules and nine regulations. Wherever the spirit of the this charm shall visit, all devils shall be exterminated. Let this immediate command be carried out with all despatch).
Reverse Image: On the right, a figure representing the spirit of the charm; on the left charm characters, at the top are the eight diagrams, with the symbol of the male and female principle, which is again represented at the center.
Reverse Text: N/A
Currently not on view
Date made
place made
Physical Description
copper (overall material)
overall: 63 mm x 52 mm x 2.3 mm; 2 15/32 in x 2 1/16 in x 3/32 in
ID Number
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Credit Line
Bequest of George B. Glover
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Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
East Asian Coins
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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