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Amulet, North Africa or Erez Israel 19th Century

קמיע - Manuscript - Kabbalah

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  • Lot Number 52645
  • Title (English) Amulet
  • Title (Hebrew) קמיע
  • Note Manuscript - Kabbalah
  • City North Africa or Erez Israel
  • Publication Date 19th Century
  • Estimated Price - Low 300
  • Estimated Price - High 600

  • Item # 2217760
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Physical Description

[1] p., 1630:72 mm., light staining, ink on paper, Rabbinic and Rashi letters, many illustrations.


Detail Description

Kabbalistic amulet to the bearer, to be protected from disease and evil eye. The amulet contains mysterious Kabbalistic letters; a 15 box square in acrostic in which powerful inscriptions are secretly placed to exert their beneficent influence; a Star of David with similar inscriptions.

Amulets are frequently mentioned in talmudic literature. The term used is kame'a or kami'a (pl. kemi'ot or kemi'in), a word whose origin is obscure. The written kame'a was a parchment inscribed with one or more quotations from a variety of sources, including the Scriptures (cf. Shab. 61b). Later amulets were inscribed with quotations relevant to their specific purpose. The text of the Priestly Blessing (Num. 6:24–26) was considered effective against the "evil eye." Permutations and combinations of the letters of the different names of G-d were frequently used; names of angels were also very common. Amulets subsequently merged with the Kabbalah and came to be known as "practical Kabbalah." Many mystical texts, such as the Sefer Yezirah and the Sefer Razi'el, contain instructions for the preparation of amulets and other charms, for a variety of purposes.


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