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Historical Archive: Talisman de Charlemagne

Talisman of Charlemagne, Charlemagne's Amulet: pendant reliquary
9th century; said to have been found in the tomb of Charlemagne (d.814)
gold, sapphire, and other gems; without chain 7.3 x 6.5 cm
Reims, Cathedral Treasury, displayed at Palais du Tau


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full object with 19th
c. chain
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full object
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neck with
suspension loops
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oblique from
lower right
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neck with
suspension loop,
oblique from right
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upper left shoulder,
oblique from left
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foliate setting of
central sapphire,
oblique from
right
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other side (with
later glass in
center): photo by
Vassil on Wikimedia