Posted 5 years ago
I bought this OMAMORI from a reputable Jewelry dealer at an Antique Show in Florida who had bought it decorated with Amethyst beads hanging from the holes along the edge. She thought that it was a Silver pendant that people wore on a chain. I did tell her exactly what it was.
I had found a similar one about 20 years ago that depicted another deity and I was lucky at the time to have been given an expensive New York Antiques magazine that showed how these were used by the Japanese as an Amulet (omamori) in the 18th-19th centuries. There was a glossy photo at the back of the magazine with a completely decorated hat. When a child was born, the grandmother would sew a special hat (somewhat like a joker's hat) in silk that had 3 or four points and these Amulets were sewn on the points. The hat was given to the mother for the child to wear specifically to ward off evil spirits and for good luck. The Amulets were all different and usually made of silver and had special meanings/purposes. The holes along the amulets were there to sew it securely to the hats after the amulet had been stuck on the points. They measured around 1 1/2". This one had a loop added in later years to use it as a pendant on a chain. It looks OK if it is not turned around. RER(BOB)