Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Avi Ganor
Amulet case adorned with menorah, censer, Tablets of the Law, and incense altar
Italy
18th century
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