Adath Israel
 

Title

Amulet Case

Creator

Wes ID #

cai019

Original Inventory #

129

Dimensions

7.0 x 9.5 x 1.3 cm (2 3/4 x 3 3/4 x 1/2 in)

General Description

This form of amulet case, called a hirz, is Muslim in origin (although it could have nonetheless been used as a Jewish religious object (British Museum, Accession number 2009,6023.236). The two holes at the top corners are for a necklace, while the bottom three holes were likely designed to hold danglers—small, sheet metal ornaments—which are often found at the bottom of hirz.

Description of materials

Silver and (?): cast and engraved

Time period

mid 19th century

Place of origin

Ottoman Empire

Provenance

Presented in memory of Herman Shapiro by family and friends.

Holding Institution

Adath Israel Museum, Middletown, CT

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