Tooled leather amuletic case, Sudanese, c 1890-1920.

 
Tooled leather amuletic case, Sudanese, c 1890-1920.
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 32cm

Description

A case on a twisted leather thong. The square box is decorated with cros-hatch tooling on the front, and was used as an amulet to ward off headaches. 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'.

Image Details

Image Ref.
 
10289216

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