Copper pendant, Russia, 1910

Made:
1910 in Russia
maker:
Unknown

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Top - A666123, Copper plaque stamped with Latin cross, used as protection against cholera, Russian, 1900-1909. Bottom -
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Copper pendant engraved with a cross, worn in Russia during the cholera epidemics of 1910 as a protection against the disease, Russian, 1910

Engraved with a cross on an oval-shaped disc, this copper pendant was worn around the neck for protection during the 1910 cholera epidemic in Russia. This was one of the largest cholera outbreaks in Europe during the twentieth century and it claimed over 100,000 lives.

An amulet was, and for many people still is, believed to have magical and spiritual powers, bringing good fortune and good health and protecting against bad luck, including sickness. They have often been called on in the face of epidemic disease. The amulet is shown here with a similar example (A666123).

Details

Category:
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Object Number:
A106006
type:
pendant
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • costume
  • jewellery
credit:
Georgiersky, P.

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