Fulet hamsa amulet pendant
Silver, repoussé, engraved, and cloisonné enameled; inlaid with glass
L: 13 cm; W: 10.5 cm
Gift of Gérard Lévy, Paris, in memory of Irma Miriam Lévy (née Siddon) and Nelly Judith Lévy (née Finzi)
Accession number: B86.0330
This pendant, which looks like one sheet, is actually made of two sheets cut out and soldered together after decoration. The cloverleaf is in fact a stylized form of the hamsa (amuletic motif in the form of a hand). In the Marrakesh area the pendant is worn on the breast, while the women of Fez thread it onto their belts.
Ben Ami, Alia, ed., In All Their Finery: Jewels from the Jewish World, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2002
Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir