Lot 118: Large Collection of Amulets - Persia
15 November 2016
Jerusalem, IsraelLive Auction
Description: 32 amulets. Persia and the vicinity, [19th through early 20th century]. Silver; low-grade silver; brass; copper; iron. A diverse collection of Persian amulets, representing a wide range of shapes, versions and styles, common among Persian amulets of the 19th century: 1-10. Ten rectangular amulets, most of them with chopped or rounded corners with two suspension loops. 11-15. Five rectangular amulets, with upper edge shaped as a wavy dome. Four are with two suspension loops, and the fifth with one suspension loop. Three amulets feature a "LaMenatze'ach" Menorah. On the reverse of one amulet - an engraved inscription: "Tinat (?) bat Meir Satara" with a shape of a scorpion by it. 16-24. Eight round amulets and a miniature bowl with a protective inscription. Human figures appear on three amulets. 25. Eight-sided amulet case, with three suspension loops. On two of the sides: "--- Sarach bat kat---". 26. Amulet shaped as a stylized leaf with two suspension loops. On the reverse - an engraved inscription "Manwar Hanoledet min Marwarid". 27. Amulet shaped as a round plaque, with four suspension loops. A flower in the center is surrounded by text in three circles, and the inscription "Leshem Shainhan Hanoledet min Kurda". 28. Amulet shaped as a round plaque, with two suspension loops. Engraved Hebrew inscription on the reverse. 29. Amulet shaped as a round plaque with a wavy rim, with two suspension loops on the reverse. 30. Amulet shaped as a round plaque, domed, with two suspension loops on the reverse. 31. Amulet shaped as a domed rhombus, with two suspension loops on the reverse. 32. Oval shaped amulet, with illegible inscription, most of it in Arabic characters. Size and condition vary. Good overall condition. Some corrosion to several amulets, cracks, wear and some fractures at the margins.