Antique silver hirz (amulet) from Yemen - rare
A rare silver hirz case with finely worked filigree and granulation, made by Jewish silversmiths. The quality of workmanship on this piece is excellent. It is likely to have been worn as part of a larger necklace and believed to protect the wearer from harm.
8.0 cm (h) x 7.5 cm (w) x 1.5 cm (d)
An amulet (hirz in Arabic) is an object worn by a person as a form of protection. It is believed to ward off all danger and protect the person from all harm. Often it will be combined with beads or worn on a chain as a piece of jewellery. Some amulets contain verses from the Qur'an as perceived added protection. The amulets in our collection include Tuareg tcherot, Yemeni prayer boxes, boghdad and Tuareg crosses.