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Old silver Zar Amulet from Egypt, Zar Amulet, Zar Cult, Egyptian Old Jewelry, magical talisman, magical jewelry, VERY RARE

Old silver Zar Amulet from Egypt, Zar Amulet, Zar Cult, Egyptian Old Jewelry, magical talisman, magical jewelry, VERY RARE

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Overview

  • Vintage handmade item from the 1940s
  • Pendant height: 7 Centimeters
  • Pendant width: 4.2 Centimeters
  • Material: Silver
  • Can be personalized: No
  • Recycled: No
  • Favorited by: 11 people
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Description

Zār Amulet or commonly known as Zar, is a special genre in Egyptian jewellery which consists of purpose-made magical jewellery, to be used in the zar-ceremony.

The front side of this amulet depicts the zar spirit Sid (sultan of Upper Egypt) and Sitt his sister next to a flower.
It's decorated with 5 dangles or galagis.
On the back side, are engraved texts from the Throne Verse (Surah 2:255).
The central silver hallmark features "the cat" which was in use between 1916 - 1946.

Many silver amulets (such as this) are surrounded by a border of fine zigzagging lines, known as “trembling chevron”.
This element is also found on magic papyri, where they surround or contain certain spells and figures.
We also find this pattern as border on early islamic tombstones.
Sometimes the inscription on an amulet itself is engraved in zigzagging lines instead of smooth straight lines.
The origin and meaning of this symbol is unclear, but may have a connection with the representation of water to keep evil spirits away.

Weight: 12 gr.
Height: 7 cm with dangles
Width: 4.2 cm

A similar example can be found both on the cover, both at page #180 of Azza Fahmy's book "The traditional jewelry of Egypt".

About Zar Ceremonies:
Rites are carried out mainly for women and performed to persuade a spirit to leave, thus releasing the person from the duty to obey that spirit. There are dozens of different spirits causing ‘Zar’ illnesses.
At the same time, many believe in benevolent, protective spirits (Abdar). While this belief in Abdar and Zār fits the traditional dualism of good and evil, it is also deeply rooted in superstition. In the course of ceremonies during which a patient acts and is addressed as “bride of the Zar spirit” numerous amulets are used.
The zar ceremony focuses on communicating with the spirit so it is therefore not an exorcism but a ritual to accomodate cohabitation.
In order to do this, a trance-like state is induced by the zar musicians, who play heavy drums. Each individual spirit has its own music. The leader of the ceremony knows how to call for a certain Master and how to interpret his or her wishes. Many zar-spirits are known by name. In addition to music, offerings, food, and the heavy smells of perfume and frankincense play an important role.

The word Zār is the past tense of the Arabic verb ‘to visit’.
Zār Amulet or commonly known as Zar, is a special genre in Egyptian jewellery which consists of purpose-made magical jewellery, to be used in the zar-ceremony.

The front side of this amulet depicts the zar spirit Sid (sultan of Upper Egypt) and Sitt his sister next to a flower.
It's decorated with 5 dangles or galagis.
On the back side, are engraved texts from the Throne Verse (Surah 2:255).
The central silver hallmark features "the cat" which was in use between 1916 - 1946.

Many silver amulets (such as this) are surrounded by a border of fine zigzagging lines, known as “trembling chevron”.
This element is also found on magic papyri, where they surround or contain certain spells and figures.
We also find this pattern as border on early islamic tombstones.
Sometimes the inscription on an amulet itself is engraved in zigzagging lines instead of smooth straight lines.
The origin and meaning of this symbol is unclear, but may have a connection with the representation of water to keep evil spirits away.

Weight: 12 gr.
Height: 7 cm with dangles
Width: 4.2 cm

A similar example can be found both on the cover, both at page #180 of Azza Fahmy's book "The traditional jewelry of Egypt".

About Zar Ceremonies:
Rites are carried out mainly for women and performed to persuade a spirit to leave, thus releasing the person from the duty to obey that spirit. There are dozens of different spirits causing ‘Zar’ illnesses.
At the same time, many believe in benevolent, protective spirits (Abdar). While this belief in Abdar and Zār fits the traditional dualism of good and evil, it is also deeply rooted in superstition. In the course of ceremonies during which a patient acts and is addressed as “bride of the Zar spirit” numerous amulets are used.
The zar ceremony focuses on communicating with the spirit so it is therefore not an exorcism but a ritual to accomodate cohabitation.
In order to do this, a trance-like state is induced by the zar musicians, who play heavy drums. Each individual spirit has its own music. The leader of the ceremony knows how to call for a certain Master and how to interpret his or her wishes. Many zar-spirits are known by name. In addition to music, offerings, food, and the heavy smells of perfume and frankincense play an important role.

The word Zār is the past tense of the Arabic verb ‘to visit’.

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