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Stratum plus. 1999. № 6

J. A. Dobroliubskaia, A. O. Dobroliubski (Odessa, Ukraine)

“Save me, my talisman…”

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Pages: 334-336

The article analyses a plaster amulet of XVII-XVIII centuries found close to Odessa and having on its obverse a composition of two dolphins moving one after the other clockwise. The image suggests a high apotropaic implication.  The semiotic analysis of the amulet is made against the wide historical background of the epoch. The amulet is supposed to have belonged to a Christian Cossack and used to be a talisman saving him of any danger. The amulet is an outstanding and unique artifact reflecting the chivalrous mentality of the Ukrainian Cossacks.



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