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NEWS AND EVENTS
February 19, 2014
Ancient Amulet
A stone statue figurine of two snakes was found in the delta of the Sokh River in Farghona region in 1893 by locals during earth works.

The horseshoe sculpture was made by the ancient master, who lived in the second millennia BC. Made of chrysotile, deposit of which is located in five kilometers northeast of the Sokh settlement, the amulet was repeatedly put on display at expositions abroad. Now it is stored at the State Museum of History of Uzbekistan.

The cult of snakes has long been common in many countries. General fund of works of art, depicting the reptiles include the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and up to the early Middle Ages. The Sokh amulet belongs to that period.

In myth and folklore of the world they represent good and evil inclination. Often the snake is considered as a talisman, a house guardian, a symbol of prosperity. In some cultures, snake even expresses the idea of fertility and immortality. However, the snake is associated with dark forces of nature, the underworld and its inhabitants. Obviously, therefore, this amulet represents the struggle between good and evil, light and darkness.

With the discovery of this amulet researchers became interested in the cult of the snake in ancient Central Asia. Based on myths they tried to discover some semantic aspects of this cult. Incidentally, most of them saw in the sculpture from Sokh the image of the common to that place snake – carpet viper. Spotting and some other signs turned a reason to compare Sokh snakes not only with the image of reptiles on the monuments of Central Asian Bronze Age, but also with some antiquities of Mesopotamia. This helped researchers to determine the date of the article.

Made more than two millennia ago, and discovered in the late 19th century, the amulet even today charms and surprises visitors of the State Museum of History of Uzbekistan. It is the centuries-old wisdom and cosmological beginning that made this stone guest from the past reborn again through the centuries to convey to descendants a message about the infinite greatness of ancient ancestors.

(Source: “Uzbekistan Today” newspaper)


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