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This antique animal amulet originates from Afghanistan. More precisely,the wooden object is an amulet container because the amulet itself is a small sheet of paper which was inserted into a whole of the container.Animals (cows, sheep etc.) wore these objects when they were outside, especially in the mountains; the most important function of the objects was to protect animals against accidents and illness.The amulet is a small piece of paper which was written on by the local Mullah. The paper was folded as small as possible and then inserted into a prepared whole of the container; finally, the whole was closed with a piece of wood and/or wax.After the animal was slaughtered, the amulet was removed from the container and then thrown into a stream or river because writing (of the Mullah) has a sacral meaning and is not allowed to be thrown in the dirt. The container was then used for the protection of another animal. The offered hardwood container has the form of a Mihrab (praying niche). It shows a fine patina and excellent signs of long-time use.

16 x 9 cms

1900s

1 in stock

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SKU: amuleto 2

This antique animal amulet originates from Afghanistan. More precisely,the wooden object is an amulet container because the amulet itself is a small sheet of paper which was inserted into a whole of the container.Animals (cows, sheep etc.) wore these objects when they were outside, especially in the mountains; the most important function of the objects was to protect animals against accidents and illness.The amulet is a small piece of paper which was written on by the local Mullah. The paper was folded as small as possible and then inserted into a prepared whole of the container; finally, the whole was closed with a piece of wood and/or wax.After the animal was slaughtered, the amulet was removed from the container and then thrown into a stream or river because writing (of the Mullah) has a sacral meaning and is not allowed to be thrown in the dirt. The container was then used for the protection of another animal. The offered hardwood container has the form of a Mihrab (praying niche). It shows a fine patina and excellent signs of long-time use.

16 x 9 cms

1900s

Weight 0.9 kg