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Necklace (mashhatta)
Southern Yemen, Yemen
Early 20th century
Silver, filigree and granulation; corals and Austrian coins
L: 45, W: 34 cm
Accession number: B67.0333

The amulet cases threaded between the beads either contain written talismans or were themselves used as amulets. The color of the coral symbolizes beauty and youth; and corals were also believed to staunch bleeding. Maria Theresa coins were widespread throughout the Arabian Peninsula, both as a means of payment and as a decorative element.

From the Israel Museum publications:
Muchawsky-Schnapper, Ester, The Yemenites: Two Thousand Years of Jewish Culture, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2000, English / Hebrew
Ben Ami, Alia, ed., In All Their Finery: Jewels from the Jewish World, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2002
The Jewish World 365 Days, from the Collections of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, USA, 2004
The Israel Museum, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2005

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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