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Amulet Case

Object Name:
Amulet case
Date:
19th–first half 20th century
Geography:
Attributed to Algeria, Kabylie
Medium:
SIlver, metal alloys, enamel, coral
Dimensions:
L: 16 1/8 in. (41 cm) Box: W: 1 9/16 in. (4 cm) H: 4 5/16 in. (11 cm)
Classification:
Jewelry
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Spear, Jr., 1982
Accession Number:
1982.142.6
Not on view
This amulet case would have served as a talismanic ornament, designed to protect the wearer. While it is now attached to a chain, it probably originally was the centerpiece of a larger pectoral ornament, suspended between two fibulae (such as 55.111.53). Brightly colored enamels typical of the Kabylie region in Algeria ornament both the recto and the verso of the box. Enameling techniques in North African Berber jewelry are believed to have been brought by jewelers exiled from Muslim Spain after the 15th century Reconquista.
Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Spear, Jr., New York (until 1982; gifted to MMA)
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