Heart-shaped Silver Amulet-pendant. Eretz-Israel. Early 20th Century
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925 Sterling silver
Size: 0.7" X 0.8" / 1.7 X 2.1 cm
Inscribed in Hebrew on the obverse of this amuletic pendant is the word "Shaddai", the Almighty amidst a floral design. On the reverse are the opening words of the verses written in the phylacteries and mezuzot: "Hear O Israel the Lord our God the Lord is One" (Deuteronomy 6:4-9).
Amulets were intended to guard their owners' families and property from natural disasters, spells, and evil spirits. Some were used to heal sickess and cure infertility; others were meant to shield the traveler from peril, to promote success and bounty, and even to secure the affection of friends and lovers.
This item comes with a lovely sterling silver snake chain in your choice of length.
This item comes with a certificate of authenticity of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem together with a description of its historical background in English and Hebrew.