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Amulet

Museum number:
9-11086
Permalink:
ark:/21549/hm21090011086
Alternate number:
297 (original number)
Accession number:
Acc.2696
Object count:
1
Description:
Amulet against the smallpox; silver; 1.7 cm diameter
Donor:
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Ready, Jr. Fund
Collection place:
Varanasi (city), Varanasi District, Uttar Pradesh
Verbatim coll. place:
India, Uttar Pradesh, Benares
Culture or time period:
Indian
Collector:
Renaldo "Ronald" Maduro
Collection date:
January 1970
Materials:
Silver (metal) (cast)
Object type:
ethnography
Function:
5.2 Magic: Objects Associated with Practices reflecting confidence in the ability to manipulate supernatural agencies
Accession date:
November 11, 1970
Context of use:
Sitala Mata is the goddess of smallpox; worn everyday by men, women, and especially babies to protect against smallpox; worn on string around the neck.
Department:
Cat. 9 - Asia (incl. Russia east of Urals)
Dimensions:
diameter 1.7 centimeters
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