Sator Square golden altar cloth, one-of-a-kind
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Add a touch of dark elegance to any space with this one-of-a-kind altar cloth! Each of my altar cloths started as a vintage linen, handpicked from various antique stores throughout my travels. This altar cloth was hand dyed and screenprinted here in the printshop, transforming it from a drab, forgotten remnant into a unique and functional work of art. The antique origins of this linen, paired with the original screenprinted artwork of Poison Apple Printshop, makes this a totally unique, one-of-a-kind adornment. This altar cloth adds the perfect handmade element to a sacred space and looks great on vanities, under tarot cards, or hung on the wall as a tapestry!
Features original artwork by Adrienne Rozzi depicting the ancient Sator Square.
Hand dyed black and screenprinted with gold ink. Square, scalloped edges with embroidery detail in one corer.
Measures 12" x 12.5" (inches)
The Sator Square is an ancient Roman 2D palindrome square made up of five Latin words. The oldest discovery of the square comes from the ruins of Pompeii in Herculaneum, a city buried in ash during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE. The square’s translation is continuously debated but implies themes of a farmer plowing his field and the continuous maintenance of working the land. Consisting of five interconnected words, the Sator Square is often used as a protective talisman, believing evil spirits will get caught in the repetitive cycle of the square and lose their ability to harm those under the square’s protection. For this reason, the Sator Square has been found in Medieval churches, Renaissance grimoires, and it pops up quite a bit in folk magic practices. John George Hohman utilizes the square in his famous grimoire, The Long Lost Friend, as a spell to “extinguish fire without water.” Furthermore, the Sator Square has been used to remove jinxes and fevers, as well as aid in safe travels when worn on your person. It is often placed above doorways and inscribed on objects for protection in the home and to ward against evil occurrences. The most fascinating aspect of the Sator Square, however, is found in it’s numerological breakdown. Each word in the talisman, whether in a row or column, can be reduced to the number 1. Many numerologists maintain that this repetition and coherence gives the Sator Square even more extraordinary powers.
Washing instructions: Hand wash cold with mild soap. Lay flat to dry
NOTE: Cloths are hand selected with special attention to quality and uniqueness, ensuring each is in good vintage condition with very little, to no signs of wear. There may be slight variations in the dye color which attests to the cloth's handmade nature. Any distress or wear is noted and taken into consideration when the price is set.
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