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Inventory no. 49023 - Former Display Label

South Italian SILVER AMULETS

Winged sea-horse, crescent-moon, hand making the fig-sign, two-tailed mermaid, and Cimaruta or bunch of rue.

Neopolitan silver amulets worn by women to protect mother and child from the evil eye. The Cimaruta embodies all the antiseptic properties of the french herb, and its potency was further increased by the addition of crescent moons, keys, lotus flowers, and other amulets. The Sirena is the Neopolitan incarnation of Isis or Diana (here represented by the crescent-moon) with all her helpful attributes. The Cavallo Marino, or sea horse, is of similar efficacy.
Gunther Loan Collection.

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