Necklace worn to ward off the Evil Eye

Made:
1880-1930 in Hebron
maker:
Unknown

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Amulet necklace of 49 glass beads resembling eyes, worn to overt the Evil Eye, from Hebron, Palestine, 1880-1930.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Amulet necklace, 49 glass beads resembling eyes, worn to avert Evil Eye, from Hebron, Palestinian, 1880-1930

Some cultures believe that bad spirits in the form of the ‘Evil Eye’ can inflict disaster and disease, and even death. The glass beads of this necklace are painted to look like eyes to protect against the ‘Evil Eye’. The necklace was purchased in 1930 in Hebron, at that time situated in Palestine.

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Details

Category:
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Object Number:
A6076
Materials:
glass and string
type:
necklace
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • costume
  • jewellery
credit:
On loan from the Wellcome Trust

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