Bronchitis amulet, Dalston, London, 1914.
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Glass bead amulet necklace, probably purchased from a London street market by the collector Lovett, as the Science Museum holds many such objects collected by Lovett. An amulet is a personal ornament which, because of its shape, material, or colour, is believed to endow its wearer with certain powers or capabilities and offer protection. The Ancient Egyptians often used amulets to protect themselves against disease. The Egyptian words for 'amulet' come primarily from words meaning 'to guard' or 'protect' and also 'well being'.