The legendary seal of the ancient Israelite King Solomon, who is regarded as a prophet in both Judaism and Islam, may have been found yesterday in a raid carried out by security forces.
Acting on a tip, gendarmerie units raided a house in the Hamamözü district of central Amasya province, seizing 11 historical artifacts and detaining a suspected smuggler.
One of the items found in the house was a bronze seal and it is being considered to belong to King Solomon. The rest of the items included two five-page and three four-page golden tablets, a golden bull figurine and a bronze charm, all with inscriptions and signs in Hebrew, a six-page metal tablet thought to be a Torah and two metal tablets believed to be amulet holders.
Significance of sacred Seal of Solomon
The Seal of Solomon (known also as the Ring of Solomon) is believed to be a signet ring that belonged to King Solomon of Israel. This ring is thought by some to have magical powers, and it originates in Jewish tradition. Nevertheless, the Seal of Solomon can also be found in later Islamic and Western occultism, as both of these adopted it from Jewish tradition. As a symbol, the Seal of Solomon is still in use today, and one of its simplest depictions is either as a pentagram or as a hexagram, the latter being similar to the Star of David.
The legend of the Seal of Solomon was developed primarily by medieval Arabic writers, who related that the ring was engraved by God and was given to the king directly from heaven. The ring was made from brass and iron, and the two parts were used to seal written commands to good and evil spirits, respectively. In one tale, a demon, either Asmodeus, or Sakhr, obtained possession of the ring and ruled in Solomon’s stead for forty days. In a variant of the tale of the ring of Polycrates from Herodotus, the demon eventually threw the ring into the sea, where it was swallowed by a fish, caught by a fisherman, and served to Solomon.
$1.5 million worth ancient artifact
Amasya Governor Osman Varol said that initial examination indicate that the items were ancient artifacts, but the exact historical period of the items will be determined after further examination by experts. The items were delivered to the Amasya Museum Directorate for analysis.
An investigation is underway into how the suspected smuggler came into possession of the artifacts.
Authorities recently stepped up efforts against artifact smuggling, especially from neighboring Syria where the ongoing lawlessness has benefited smugglers.
Police on Monday confiscated a Byzantine-era Bible in the capital Ankara from a Syrian suspect who was caught trying to smuggle the artifact worth about $1.5 million abroad.
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