Cloth amulet, Spain, 1800-1920
This simple cloth amulet was worn around the neck and was said to protect the wearer from toothache, snake bites and rabies. The figure stitched into the cloth is a saint who believers would call on for protection against disease and cures for illness.
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Rabies is a disease which infects domestic and wild animals. It is a virus transmitted to other animals and humans through close contact with saliva from those infected (i.e. bites, scratches, licks on broken skin). Once symptoms of the disease develop, rabies is fatal.
Pain in a tooth or in the teeth
Small object or piece of jewellery worn as a protecting charm to ward off ill health and bad luck.