“Hear, O Israel” Amuletic Pendant with chain
Replica of an amulet from the 5th-6th century CE
This leaf-shaped silver amulet is a replica of an ancient object that is doubly unique: it is the oldest known amulet bearing the verses of the Shema prayer (“Hear, O Israel”), and it was designed to be seen rather than concealed, like a piece of jewelry. Engraved on one side are the first four verses of the Shema; the first is intertwined with the first verse of Psalm 91, and the last is followed by Proverbs 18:10. Unlike other amulets from the Byzantine Period, this amulet does not bear an incantation, nor does it mention the names of angels or that of the owner. It also does not indicate the type of danger it is designed to ward off. However, the verses inscribed on it suggest it was intended to protect travelers.
This unique, beautiful, and delicate piece, suitable for any age and gender, is sure to make an exciting addition to your jewelry collection.
Did You Know? The use of amulets dates from ancient times and continues to this day. Amulets were intended to protect the wearer, his family, and his possessions from natural disasters, spells, and the evil eye. Some were thought to bear healing properties or aid fertility; others protected the wearer on his travels, conferred blessings and good fortune, or elicited the good will and love of others. The magical power attributed to Jewish amulets stems from the versions of God’s name or Biblical verses inscribed on them. For extra protection, the name of the wearer was sometimes added.SHOW MORE
Weight 80 g Dimensions 18 × 25 × 14 cm
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