Triangular Sterling Silver Earrings. Persia. 19th Century
925 Sterling Silver
Size: 1" X 0.7" / 2.5 X 1.8 cm
The triangular pendant from Persia was worn as an amulet. Around the rim is an illegible abbreviated incsription. Placing an inscription within a geometrical figure such as a triangle was believed to strengthen the amuletic power of the object.
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 certificate of authenticity of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Enclosed is a small description of its historical background in English and Hebrew.