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Necklace worn to ward off the 'Evil Eye', Hebron, Palestine, 1880-1930

Some cultures believe that bad spirits in the form of the ‘Evil Eye’ can inflict disaster and disease, and even death. The glass beads of this necklace are painted to look like eyes to protect against the ‘Evil Eye’. The necklace was purchased in 1930 in Hebron, at that time situated in Palestine.

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A6076

 

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    Glossary: necklace

    Ornaments worn around the neck, usually in the form of chains or strands of beads, pearls, stones, or the like, and often including a suspended ornamental pendant. Use "chokers" for short, narrow necklaces worn close to the throat. Use "dog collars (necklaces)" for wide ornamental bands worn tightly around the neck.

    Glossary: amulet

    Small object or piece of jewellery worn as a protecting charm to ward off ill health and bad luck.

    Glossary: evil eye

    A manifestation of magic, commonly regarded as a curse which may result in bad luck, illness or even death. It has a place in many different cultures.