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Group of Amulets, North Africa or Mid-East, 19th cent

קמיעות - Manuscript - Kabbalah

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  • Lot Number 53580
  • Title (English) Group of Amulets
  • Title (Hebrew) קמיעות
  • Note Manuscript - Kabbalah
  • City North Africa or Mid-East
  • Publication Date 19th cent
  • Estimated Price - Low 200
  • Estimated Price - High 500

  • Item # 2423469
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Physical Description

Three smaller sheets, ink on paper, block and script lettering, designs, not dated or signed.


Detail Description

The writer's notes of several amulets he issued. Each amulet includes the names of recipients and the cause that the amulet will achieve or prevent. One reads for spousal love, another for success, etc. Each amulet contains mysterious Kabbalistic letters; in which powerful inscriptions are secretly placed to exert their beneficent influence.

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.