On May 26th 2021, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced in a Facebook post the release of a 1,500-year-old evil eye amulet. The amulet was originally discovered 40 years ago. It is only now being unveiled to the public for viewing.
Evil Eye amulet found by resident of Galilee
The artifact was originally discovered by a resident of the village of Arbel in the Galilee, about 40 years ago. He gave it to a family member upon his passing. This family member offered the evil eye amulet to the Israel Antiquities Authority for safe keeping.
Amulet is Part of Solomon’s Seal
According to Dr. Klein of the IAA, this amulet is part of a group of amulets referred to as the Solomon’s Seal.
The King Solomon Seal defends and protects against any enemy and against any evil spirits which may linger near one’s person or home. The third pentacle of Jupiter defends and protects those who invoke and cause the spirits to come.
Gello Threatens Women and Children Using an Evil Eye
This amulet shows a rider on horseback overcoming the evil spirit by attacking it with a spear. The rider is seen throwing a sphere at a female figure known as Gello. Gello is a Greek mythological figure who threatens women and children by causing infertility and miscarriage, and is widely associated with the evil eye.
The amulet has a triangle shape and is said to offer protection from the evil eye.
- One side features the figure of a horseback rider whose head is surrounded with a halo.
- The rider is depicted throwing a spear at a evil female goddess.
- It includes a Greek phrase translated as “The One God Who Conquers Evil”.
- The other side of the amulet displays an eye pierced by four arrows. It also includes lions, a snake, ascorpion, and a bird.
- Under the inscription are the Greek letters I A W Θ, which translates to Y-H-W-H, or Yahweh in Hebrew.
Gello was a mythological figure in Greece who threatened women and children by causing infertility and miscarriage, and is widely associated with the evil eye.
Collection of Evil Eye Amulets Originating in the Levant Region of Asia
Based on information from Dr. Eitan Klien of the IAA, this amulet is part of an early collection from the Levant region and produced in Galilee or Lebanon. This group of amulets has become collectively known as Solomon’s Seal and is said to depict Gello who threatens women and children using an evil eye. The eye is being attacked on this amulet so it is suggested that it was used to guard against evil and help keep women and children protected.
During the Byzantine period, Arbel was a Jewish settlement often mentioned in the Talmud, and the artifact is dated to that exact period which suggests that even Jews of the period wore amulets of this type for protection against the evil eye and demons.
While reviewing the amulet it is unclear who had worn it historically, but it was clearly used to ward off demons.
Now that this is available to the public and Historical Societies, further research will be conducted to unlock it’s secrets.