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Folk Medicine and Amulets

Updated: Oct 26, 2021

A round amulet with a decorative relief around it, in the center of which is written the inscription: The right of the Tanna Rabbi Meir Baal Hanes will protect the subject of this amulet, Amen.
Amulet (Tilism), Iraq, 1922, silver, shear, hammered pattern and legislation

The Jews of Iraq believed in the harmful power of the evil eye and in the existence of demons and spirits, who were held responsible for ailments, disasters, diseases and hardships. To protect themselves from these forces, they used a variety of amulets made from different materials. In addition, the books of amulets and segulot (protective rituals) as well as prescriptions were used to heal diseases and ailments. The exhibition displays a unique collection of amulets, books and photographs.