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Amulet case adorned with menorah, censer, Tablets of the Law, and incense altar

Unknown18th century

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

These types of amulet cases, called Shaddai, were hung above a baby's cradle. They were originally used to contain an amulet, inscribed on paper or parchment, and intended to protect the child from the violence of nature and from sorcery and demons.

Credit: The Stieglitz Collection was donated to the Museum with the contribution of Erica and Ludwig Jesselson, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum Israel Museum, Jerusalem

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  • Title: Amulet case adorned with menorah, censer, Tablets of the Law, and incense altar
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 18th century
  • Location: Italy
  • Type: Amulet case
  • Rights: The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • External Link: Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • Medium: Silver, cast, repoussé, pierced, engraved and partly gilt; agate
  • Inscription: Inscribed in Hebrew: "Shaddai" (the name of the Almighty)
  • Exhibition: The Stieglitz Collection: Masterpieces of Jewish Art, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Opening date: 1987
  • Dimensions: H: 14.2; W: 9.5 cm
  • Curator: Raccah-Djivre, Daisy; Assaf-Shapira, Efrat

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