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Amulet (khoratah)
Sana'a, Northern Yemen, Yemen
Early 20th century
Textile, silver, filigree, coins and corals
H: 10, W: 11 cm (base)
Anonymous gift in memory of William Robinson, Geneva
Accession number: B79.1356

In Yemen as in most traditional societies, amulets functioned as a means of warding off evil spirits and invoking beneficial forces. A special triangular amulet was worn by the Jewish bridegroom. The triangular shape was believed to be amuletic, and the magic paraphernalia enclosed within it were considered highly effective for safeguarding the wearer against evil spirits, and endowing him with good fortune and potency.


From the Israel Museum publications:
Muchawsky-Schnapper, Ester, The Yemenites: Two Thousand Years of Jewish Culture, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2000, English / Hebrew
The Jewish World 365 Days, from the Collections of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, USA, 2004

Exhibitions:
Highlights of the Judaica and Jewish Ethnography Collections Online, Israel Museum, Jerusalem

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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