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Amulet, North Africa or Erez Israel 19th Century

קמיע - Manuscript - Kabbalah

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  • Lot Number 54266
  • 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 # 2571133
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Physical Description

[1] p., 148:35 mm., light staining, ink on vellum, two skin, Rabbinic block letters, kabbalistic expressions and abbreviations.


Detail Description

Kabbalistic amulet to the bearer, to be protected from disease and all evil spirits. The amulet contains mysterious Kabbalistic letters;  to exert their beneficent influence on the bearer.

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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