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Amulet
Europe
16th century (?)
Bronze, cast (with suspension ring)
Inscribed in Hebrew: on side a, outer circle with names of angels - "Uriel, Gabriel, Rafael, Zidkael, Raz-EI, Saraphiel, Nuriel, Nuhariel, Zuriel, Ahabiel, Hasdiel, Michael"; the second circle consisting of variants of the Ineffable Name. In the third circle, "The crown of Wisdom, Blessing, Mercy, Strength, Beauty, Eternity, Majesty, Foundation, and Kingdom" (Kabbalistic text related to the Tree of Spheres); in the innermost circle, "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"); In the center, anagrams of the name of God. On side b: Outer circle with names of angels - "Uriel, Rafael, Acatriel, Saraphel, Michael, Gavriel, Nuriel"; Three inner circles with Kabbalistic computations equaling a name comprising 72 groups of three-letter words each based on the Book of Exodus, verses 14:19-21, each of which contains 72 letters, in the following order: the first letter of verse 19, the last letter of verse 20, and the first letter of verse 21, are combined; then the second letter of verse 19, the penultimate letter of verse 20, and the second letter of verse 21 combine to make the second word, and so on.
Diam: 5 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: B86.0256 ; 103/959


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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