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Ceramic pendant, Russia, 1914-1918

The pendant shows two unknown saints. It was believed that saints could protect and intercede on a person’s behalf. It would have been worn on a chain or a piece of leather. This pendant was worn by a Russian soldier during the First World War, probably as a lucky charm.

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Glossary: protection

The act or instance of warding off a threat, or preserves somone or something from injury or harm.

Glossary: pendant

Hanging articles of jewellery, usually suspended from a necklace, but also includes Renaissance examples fastened to the sleeve often worn as decorative ornaments; can also be an article of devotional, magical, or mourning jewelry which then may sometimes be concealed under clothing.