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Lot #    12816
Auction End Date    12/20/2005 1:52:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Palm Kabbalistic Amulet
City    North-Africa
Publication Date    20th cent.
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Metal, silver plate, 150 mm., inscribed on verso.
   Amulet inscribed with "I Machlouf ben Moshe" with a Biblical verse. Amulets made in the form of hands are common and are usually North African in origin and the hand is supposed to ward off the "evil eye." The tradition of using hands on amulets still persists strongly in Morocco, Tunis, and Algeria, as well as throughout the Muslim world.

Amulets are frequently mentioned in talmudic literature. The term used is kame'a or kami'a (pl. kemi'ot or kemi'in), a word whose origin is obscure. The written kame'a was a parchment inscribed with one or more quotations from a variety of sources, including the Scriptures (cf. Shab. 61b). Later amulets were inscribed with quotations relevant to their specific purpose. The text of the Priestly Blessing (Num. 6:2426) was considered effective against the "evil eye." Permutations and combinations of the letters of the different names of G-d were frequently used; names of angels were also very common. Amulets subsequently merged with the Kabbalah and came to be known as "practical Kabbalah." Many mystical texts, such as the Sefer Yezirah and the Sefer Razi'el, contain instructions for the preparation of amulets and other charms, for a variety of purposes.

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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Other:    North-Africa
Kabbalah:    Checked
Manuscript Type
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Religious Articles:    Checked