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Amulet adorned with magic formula text
18th–19th century
Silver, engraved, soldered, punched, and partly gilt; red and green woven cotton cord
Inscribed in Hebrew: on the central section, "Abag Yatatz..." (42-letter Name, a magical name from Practical Kabbala tradition, and the abbreviation of the prayer of R. Nehuniah ben ha-Kanah: "By the great power of thy right hand, set the captive free... Accept our prayer, hear our cry, thou who knowest secret thoughts"); one side section consists of the first and last letters of words in Psalms 145:16; and in the other section, "tzamarkad," the last letters of the words in Genesis 1:1-5
H: 5.3; W: 14 cm
The Stieglitz Collection was donated to the Museum with the contribution of Erica and Ludwig Jesselson, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum
Accession number: B86.0250 ; 103/953

From the Israel Museum publications:
Benjamin, Chaya, The Stieglitz Collection: Masterpieces of Jewish Art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1987, English / Hebrew

The Stieglitz Collection: Masterpieces of Jewish Art, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 30/11/1987 - 21/04/1987

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir

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