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Silver pear shaped pendant with silver square rupee, Middle East, 1880-1930

The practice of carrying amulets or charms to bring good luck or good health through protection against disease has an extremely long history. Both the pear-shaped pendant and rupee are engraved with writings from the Qu’ran, the holy book of Islam. The pendant was carried to prevent headaches.

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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.

Glossary: headache

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Glossary: amulet

Small object or piece of jewellery worn as a protecting charm to ward off ill health and bad luck.