Amulet, Mid-East, 19 or 20th Century (49784)

קמיע - Manuscript - Kabbalah

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Lot Number: 49784
Title (English): Amulet
Title (Hebrew): קמיע
Note: Manuscript -Kabbalah
City: Mid-East
Publication Date: 19 or 20th Century
Estimated Price: $200.00 USD - $500.00 USD
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Physical Description

[4] pp., 267:210 mm., ink on heavy paper, Sephardic script, light age staining, creased on fold.

 

Detail Description

Detailed listing of kabbalistic amulets and remedies for various illnesses, aches, pains, and other medical problems. The amulet contains mysterious Kabbalistic letters; inscriptions of the Al-mighty's names in various formats.

Amulets are frequently mentioned in talmudic literature. The term used is kame'a or kami'a (pl. kemi'ot or kemi'in), a word whose origin is obscure. The written kame'a was a parchment inscribed with one or more quotations from a variety of sources, including the Scriptures (cf. Shab. 61b). Later amulets were inscribed with quotations relevant to their specific purpose. The text of the Priestly Blessing (Num. 6:24–26) was considered effective against the "evil eye." Permutations and combinations of the letters of the different names of G-d were frequently used; names of angels were also very common. Amulets subsequently merged with the Kabbalah and came to be known as "practical Kabbalah." Many mystical texts, such as the Sefer Yezirah and the Sefer Razi'el, contain instructions for the preparation of amulets and other charms, for a variety of purposes.