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Amulet case adorned with the utensils of the Tabernacle, and Priestly headdress
Italy
17th century
Silver, cast, repoussé, pierced, engraved, and soldered; gilt traces
Inscribed in Hebrew: "Shaddai" (the name of the Almighty)
H: 12.3; W: 8.6 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: B86.0258 ; 103/961 (was 258/961)

These types of amulet cases, called Shaddai, were hung above a baby's cradle. They were originally used to contain an amulet, inscribed on paper or parchment, and intended to protect the child from the violence of nature and from sorcery and demons.


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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