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Black Star of David.svg
Unicode name STAR OF DAVID
Unicode block Dingbats
Codepoint U+2721



The precise origin of the use of it as a Jewish symbol remains unknown, but it apparently emerged in the context of medieval Jewish protective amulets (segulot). The Jewish Encyclopedia cites a 12th-century Karaite document as the earliest Jewish literary source to mention the symbol.[1]


  1. Judaism or Jewish identity .

Usage notes[edit]

This shape is generically called a hexagram (and has a wider array of definitions), but this specific symbol has been labelled by Unicode for use as the Star of David.


  1. ^ "Magen Dawid", Jewish Encyclopida [1], retrieved 2010 May 28.