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Amulet case with amulet written for the healing of the circumcised Moses Ezekiah
Northern Italy
17th–18th century
Case: silver, pierced, engraved, punched, and cast
Amulet: red and brown ink on parchment
Case inscribed in Hebrew: "shaddai" (the name of the Almighty)
Amulet inscribed in Hebrew: In a Star of David form with border of circles and frame, inscription for the healing of the circumcised "Moses Ezekiah", surrounded by a kabbalistic text, names of angels, verses from the Pentateuch and the Psalms, and the 42-letter name. In the circle in red: "The house of Levi, and the son of Yehoshua Issachar the sage, in whose honor You protect us and Your people, and because of mothers and infants, also Levi son of Jacob, may the circumcised and those who have not tasted sin be spared." Inner circle contains appeal in the name of all those mentioned above, and in the name of God for the banishment of all evil spirits.
Case: H: 11; W: 7.5 cm
Amulet: H: 14; W: 13.5 cm
Accession number: B86.0254(a-b) ; 103/957


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

Exhibitions:
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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