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Lot #    12819
Auction End Date    12/20/2005 1:54:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Amulet
Title (Hebrew)    קמיע
Author    [Ms. - Kabbalah]
City    North Africa or Israel
Publication Date    19th cent.
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [1] p., 1680:75 mm., light staining, ink on paper, three sheets, Rashi script, several illustrations.
   Kabbalistic amulet to the bearer, to be protected from disease and evil eye. The amulet contains mysterious Kabbalistic letters; a nine box square in a palm acrostic in which powerful inscriptions are secretly placed to exert their beneficent influence; a Hexagram with similiar inscriptions.

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. 6:24–26) 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
19th Century:    Checked
Israel:    Checked
Other:    North Africa
Kabbalah:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica
Religious Articles:    Checked