What talisman/coin/medal is attached to this "Evil Eye" bracelet?
October 23, 2014 8:35 PM   Subscribe

My (Greek Orthodox) aunt gave my mom this bracelet to give to me. It is one of those anti-"Evil Eye" bracelets. Attached to each end of the bracelet is this coin-like thing. I am having a hard time deciphering what is pictured on the coin and what it symbolizes. Any knowledgeable folks know more than Google about this?

It looks to me like some kind of lamp/oil lantern is depicted, but I can't say for sure, and all the Googling in the world has not yet turned up this exact icon. I assume it has to be some kind of Orthodox talisman, but I don't know, and my aunt hasn't gotten back to me on it yet. Picture is linked below. Anyone here know for sure what this is about?

posted by Angel de Lune to Society & Culture (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: That's one of the sultan signatures in Turkey, pretty sure. Check out these for comparison. Turkish coin, I'd presume.
posted by jessamyn at 8:44 PM on October 23, 2014

Best answer: I think it's a small version of this?
posted by jessamyn at 8:46 PM on October 23, 2014

Response by poster: Wow that was fast! Yeah, it definitely looks like this:


So I guess the mystery is solved! Thanks so much! My brother-in-law and I were racking our brains all night about this.
posted by Angel de Lune at 8:58 PM on October 23, 2014 [1 favorite]

My ex-husband has it tattooed on his shoulder, so it was a total "Oh I know that!" situation. Glad to help.
posted by jessamyn at 8:59 PM on October 23, 2014 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Note that the bismillah is often drawn in the same style. On a charm (taweez or ruqya) it is more likely to be the bismillah (In the name of God, most Beneficent, most Merciful).
posted by BinGregory at 3:55 AM on October 24, 2014

Which makes me curious which one your ex-husband had, Jessamyn ;-)
posted by BinGregory at 3:56 AM on October 24, 2014

Oh gosh, it was one of those "I don't think you should get a tattoo from another culture that we don't know the meaning of" situations so I don't know and I'm not even sure if he did. I know at the time he thought it was a signature :)
posted by jessamyn at 8:45 AM on October 24, 2014 [1 favorite]

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