Ana BeKo'ah Amulet - Name of 42 Letters, Silver Pendant Turquoise Beads 18th Century
925 Sterling Silver Replica
From The Israel Museum Collection
Persia 18th Century
Size: 3.4cm Diameter
A Hebrew inscription contains the 42 initial letters of the prayer Ana Beko'ah, one of the ancient names of God.
In the middle, the letters לקי (lucky), initials of 'בראשית מט, יח) לישועתך קיוויתי ה). "I hope for your salvation, O Lord" Genesis 49:18.
Amulets were intended to guard their owners' families and property from natural disasters, spells, and evil spirits. Some were used to heal sickness and cure infertility; others were meant to shield the traveler from peril, to promote success and bounty, and even to secure the affection of friends and lovers.