Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Avi Ganor
Amulet case adorned with menorah, censer, Tablets of the Law, and incense altar
Italy
Silver, cast, repoussé, pierced, engraved and partly gilt; agate
Inscribed in Hebrew: "Shaddai" (the name of the Almighty)
H: 14.2; W: 9.5 cm
The Stieglitz Collection was donated to the Museum with the contribution of Erica and Ludwig Jesselson, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum
Accession number: B86.0259 ; 103/962
 
 
These types of amulet cases, called Shaddai, were hung above a baby's cradle. They were originally used to contain an amulet, inscribed on paper or parchment, and intended to protect the child from the violence of nature and from sorcery and demons.

Publications:
Benjamin, Chaya, The Stieglitz Collection: Masterpieces of Jewish Art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1987, English / Hebrew

Exhibition:
The Stieglitz Collection: Masterpieces of Jewish Art, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1987

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir