Amulet and charm to protect against plague

Made:
1690-1710 in Bavaria
maker:
Unknown

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Amulet and charm to protect against plague, printed Latin charm on which is pasted rectangular composite amulet with 4 metal pendants affixed, all backed with patterned paper and folded into rectangular packet, Bavaria, German, 1690-1710

The charm written in Latin and pasted on to this decorative amulet with four metal pendants attached was believed to protect against plague. Folded into a paper packet and cloth, the amulet could be carried in a pocket.

The paper features a series of illustrations that include Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Christian saints including St Francis, St Ignatius, St Antony of Padua and St Francis of Solanus. Saints are believed to protect people against illness, disease and other dangers and help them in times of need.

Details

Category:
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Object Number:
A666092
Materials:
alloy, cloth, cotton, cloth, silk, paper, seeds and wax
Measurements:
Amulet cloth cover: 55 mm x 40 mm
Paper charm: 175 mm x 140 mm
type:
amulet
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • costume
  • jewellery
  • pendant
credit:
Taeuber and Weil