Amuletic pear-shaped pendant

1880-1930 in Middle East

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Silver pear shaped pendant, with writings engraved on it from the koran, with silver square rupee used for headaches, Near East, 1880-1930

The practice of carrying amulets or charms to bring good luck or good health through protection against disease has an extremely long history. Both the pear-shaped pendant and rupee are engraved with writings from the Qu’ran, the holy book of Islam. The pendant was carried to prevent headaches.

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Ethnography and Folk Medicine
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square: 2 mm x 21 mm x 21 mm,
rupee: 3 mm x 21 mm x 21 mm,
pendant: 5 mm x 50 mm x 80 mm, .022 kg
  • furnishing and equipment
  • costume
  • jewellery

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