Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Oleg Kalashnikov
Kuffat fatmeh amuletic choker or head ornament
Ta’amreh Bedouin tribe, Bethlehem region
Early 20th century
L: 44 cm
Bequest from the collection of Uziel (Oscar) Schmelz H. Philips, Jerusalem, through his daughter, Ofra Slutzkai, Tel Aviv
Accession number: B98.0368
The eye depicted in the middle of each hamsa is believed to bestow protection against evil powers.

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