24) Examples of this genre might include bawdy and suggestive ballads such as The Beautiful Muff, gruesome accounts of crime such as A full, true, & particular Account of a most cruel and barbarous MURDER, and superstitious amuletic
texts such as A copy of a letter written by our blessed Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, which promised their owners special protections from disaster.
While Coffey does discuss this tradition, she also demonstrates how diminutive Qur'ans from eighteenth to early-twentieth-century Turkey and Iran functioned more widely as personal amulets, or at least as having an amuletic potential when worn close to the body (comparable therefore to talismanic shirts) by, for instance, pilgrims en route to Mecca.
Johnson's contribution focuses on an example of al-Jazuli's Dala'il al-khayrat probably made in northern Nigeria in the nineteenth or early twentieth century, and returns to the themes of prayer, devotion, and the amuletic potency of Arabic script explored in several earlier chapters.
Much of the jewellery, which is believed to have originated from Nizwa, Muttrah and Rustaq, is decorated with coins, gold leaf, coral and glass beads, and with several amuletic
pieces incorporating elaborate Quranic calligraphic pendants.
seals: the case of the Ballycottin cross brooch, in R.
demonstrate that interest in amuletic magic was thriving during Heliodoros' period, whether we take this to be the third or the fourth century.
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Gold bracteates are a peculiar type of amuletic
A useful essay on the employment of seals in the Middle Kingdom is followed by the corpus itself, from simple decorated sealings with scroll designs and amuletic
hieroglyphs to the attestation of a few royal names.
and decorative functions were also associated with cylinder seals and they were perforated longitudinally, so that they could be suspended and worn by the owner.
The general observation that the verb smr is part of a precative formula employed in amuletic