Charm (copy)

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Postcard of Charm (copy).
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Charm (copy)

This is a copy of a cross of rowan tied with red woollen thread. Such crosses were widely used in the Highlands as charms, and worn on or in the clothing as a protective device against witches and malign influences.

The twig of rowan is cut and tied crosswise with red thread. The cross had to be tied with knotless thread of wool or silk to sustain potency.

This copy was made for the collections of the Museum.

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Online ID: 000-100-002-760-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.NO 86
Date: Original: Possibly 18th or 19th century
Material: Wood, rowan; thread, red
Dimensions: 45 mm L x 40 mm W
What: Charm
Subject: Jewellery: charms, amulets (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Highlands
Description: Facsimile of a cross of rowan tied with red thread, widely used in the Highlands as a charm
  • McNeill, F. Marian, The Silver Bough Volume 1, Glasgow: 1957, pp 78-9 
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