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Obj. ID: 39334
Sacred and Ritual Objects
  Amulet, Iran, circa 1900

© Gross Family Collection, Photographer: Bar Hama, Ardon, -

The following description was prepared by William Gross:

This is the second piece in this highly rare form, perhaps by the same scribe as the first example, also in the Gross Family Collection as 027.015.001. This is a very attractive manuscript on cloth as a talismanic amulet.The amulet is a highly unusual, large birth amulet cloth, with many inscriptions and illustrations. The painted inscriptions and the depictions are a mixture of many different magical traditions in Iran, both Jewish and non-Jewish: Jewish, Moslem and Zoroastrian. Many of the inscriptions are in Judeo-Persian while others are in Hebrew and yet others are in some sort of psuedo-script.

The exact way in which this cloth was used is not known, but it is clearly associated with the event of giving birth. The top of the amulet appears to be drawn as a neck opening, as in a shirt. In Islamic tradition there is a parallel in amuletic shirts, such as those worn by Suleiman the Magnificent when he rode into battle. It can be speculated that the cloth, with its strong shirt association, was placed on the woman or hung on the wall of the room in which the birth was taking place.

Summary and Remarks

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Name/Title
Amulet | Unknown
Object Detail
Monument Setting
Unknown
Date
circa 1900
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Origin
Iran
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Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
Congregation
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Site
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Period
Unknown
Period Detail
Collection
Documentation / Research project
Unknown
Iconographical Subject
Textual Content
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Languages of inscription
Unknown
Type of grave
Unknown
Material/Technique
Cotton, Paint, Ink, Written, Painted, Sewn
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Measurements
Height: 161 cm, Width: 81 cm Mounted: 167.5 cm H X 84 cm W
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Panel Measurements
Condition
Extant
Documented by CJA
Surveyed by CJA
Present Usage
Present Usage Details
Condition of Building Fabric
Architectural Significance type
Historical significance: Event/Period
Historical significance: Collective Memory/Folklore
Historical significance: Person
Architectural Significance: Style
Architectural Significance: Artistic Decoration
Urban significance
Significance Rating
0
Ornamentation
Custom
Contents
Codicology
Scribes
Script
Number of Lines
Ruling
Pricking
Quires
Catchwords
Hebrew Numeration
Blank Leaves
Direction/Location
Façade (main)
Endivances
Location of Torah Ark
Location of Apse
Location of Niche
Location of Reader's Desk
Location of Platform
Temp: Architecture Axis
Arrangement of Seats
Location of Women's Section
Direction Prayer
Direction Toward Jerusalem
Coin
Coin Series
Coin Ruler
Coin Year
Denomination
Signature
Colophon
Scribal Notes
Watermark
Hallmark
Group
Group
Group
Group
Group
Trade Mark
Binding
Decoration Program
Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
Main Surveys & Excavations
Sources
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Architectural Drawings
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Computer Reconstruction
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Section Head
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Language Editor
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