A Descriptive Catalogue of the Antiquities in the Museum of the Royal Irish Academy

A Descriptive Catalogue of the Antiquities in the Museum of the Royal Irish Academy

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1857 edition. Excerpt: ...stamps, or indirectly, as prophylactics, in the shape of amulets and bullae, &c., against the supposed influence of fairies, or the " evil eye," or disease in man or the lower animals, --a custom still in use over a large portion of the inhabited globe. The latter variety of these objects occupies a middle rank between medicine and religion. Medicine Stamps, of Roman origin, have recently attracted the attention of the learned both in Great Britain and on the Continent, where several have of late years been brought to light. They are small stone tablets, engraved with letters, and were used either for impressing wax or marking some substitute for paper. They are generally oculists' stamps. One of these was found at Golden Bridge, county of Tipperary, on a plot of ground called the Spittle Fields, containing some ruins traditionally known as " The Hospital," and is now in the possession of Dr. Dowsley, of Clonmel, who has kindly placed a model of it in the Museum (see Bail-case C, No. 28). The inscription on it has been thus deciphered by Mr. Albert Way: --"marci Juventii Tutiani Diamysus Ad Veteres Cicatrices. A little mark at the close of the first line, resembling a minuscule c, is somewhat indistinct." This is one of the few relics of Roman art (except some coins) which have as yet been discovered in Ireland-t The lucky horse-shoe fastened on the threshold or the door-post, and " the seven blessed irons" formerly hung round children's necks, are familiar examples of such objects in Ireland; while the coral hand with the pointed fingers, so much worn by all classes in southern Europe, is too well known to require description. t "The Archaeological Journal," vol. vii. p. 354: see also Gough's...show more

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  • 9781236550828