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Necklace

Necklace

Necklace

Gold, hammered

Diam: 15 cm

Gift of Martha Loeb, Antwerp

Accession number:

B74.0958

Jewish Art and Life

The fish - a repeated motif on this necklace - is an ancient symbol of fertility and a means of warding off the evil eye. It figures in various Eastern cultures, as do the crescent and the star, which are considered cosmic symbols and also feature on protective amulets.

From the Israel Museum publications:

Ben Ami, Alia, ed., In All Their Finery: Jewels from the Jewish World, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2002

Exhibitions:

In All Their Finery: Jewels from the Jewish World, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 01/01/2000 - 30/09/2002

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