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Title: Fossil sharks' teeth: A Medieval safeguard against poisoning
Other Titles: The curious lore of Malta's fossil sharks' teeth
Authors: Zammit-Maempel, George
Keywords: Middle Ages
Poisoning -- Europe -- History
Sharks, Fossil -- Malta -- History
Language and languages -- Etymology
St. Paul’s Grotto (Rabat, Malta)
Paul, the Apostle, Saint
Rocks -- Malta -- History
Kunsthistorisches Museum (Vienna, Austria)
Mdina Metropolitan Museum (Mdina, Malta)
Symbolism -- Malta -- History
Pendants (Jewelry) -- History
Issue Date: 1975
Publisher: Malta Historical Society
Citation: Zammit-Maempel, G. (1975). Fossil sharks' teeth: A Medieval safeguard against poisoning. Melita Historica, 6(4), 391-410.
Abstract: Zammit-Maempel delves into the practice of using pendants with mounted fossil sharks' teeth as a counter-measure to rampant poisoning throughout the Middle Ages. Malta, he discovers, provided sharks' teeth which possessed "special magical powers" against poison. At the end of the study, the author includes five plates which act as visual representations of sharks' teeth in use.
Appears in Collections:MH, Volume 6, No. 4 (1975)
MH, Volume 6, No. 4 (1975)

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