The following description was prepared by William Gross:
From earliest times, man has tried to protect himself from misfortune by the use of objects which he considered holy or otherwise (e.g., magically) potent. Amulets and talismans are items generally worn around the neck or wrist, carried in a pocket or purse or hung on a wall. They are meant to protect or aid those who carried or wore them. The Hebrew word for amulet, kame‘a, has the root meaning "to bind". Jewish amulets are usually comprised of texts (either letters or graphic symbols) that are inscribed on some sort of material; some may also contain plant matter or precious stones. The texts of amulets usually include holy names that are believed to have the ability to affect reality, along with incantations summoning angels or other magical powers. For the most part, an amulet has a specific purpose: to ease childbirth, facilitate recovery from illness, improve one’s livelihood, and so on, but in the modern world many are also made for general protection.
An amulet that is represented by several items in the Gross Family Collection is one against scorpions. It is clear that his represented a real danger in that country. This is a unique colored example of that type of talisman.Because of a signed manuscript whose title page is clearly by the same hand, It is know that this was written and decorated by Rabbi Yitzhak Ohana in the 1930's. The use of the form of the reduction of letters of the word at the top is a constant feature of such amulets, as is the schematic illustration of the scorpion itself.