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A very interesting collector's piece: a protective Islamic amulet that carries the name of Allah on both sides. From the triangular pendant hang several dangles including a fish (symbol of fertility), the hand of Fatima (protective symbol) and two amber colored ceramic beads. The metal appears to be copper/brass based. The amulet is in good vintage condition.

You don't come across these every day so I'm really pleased to be able to offer one here. The piece probably originates in or near the fertile crescent. I would say Syrian or Egyptian in origin. I saw a similar example to this amulet in the book "Desert Silver" by Sigrid van Roode, (a wonderful read by the way) and that example was Egyptian in origin and was simpler and used in zar (soul purification) rites.

These amulets were worn to protect the wearer from all types of harm and evil. The name of Allah has has a protective invocation, while the triangular shape of the amulet has the magic number 3 in it (some claim because it's for birth, life and death but 3 is an ancient magical number), the four rings for the dangles symbolize the four corners of the earth and then there is the noise that the amulet makes which is supposed to drive evil spirits away. With all these elements this amulet is supposedly a powerful protective ammunition against evil doers. It is beautiful in its own right and a must for a collector.

Dimensions: Amulet is 4.5 x 4 cm (1 7/8 x1 5/8"). The dangles measure about 8 cm long (3 1/8"). Top to bottom the amulet is 12 (4 3/4") cm long.

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