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7.0 x 9.5 x 1.3 cm (2 3/4 x 3 3/4 x 1/2 in)
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
mid 19th century
Place of origin
Presented in memory of Herman Shapiro by family and friends.
Adath Israel Museum, Middletown, CT