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Charm

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from Skye, Inner Hebrides

Postcard of Charm.
000-100-002-761-C
© National Museums Scotland

Charm

This amber bead from Skye in the Inner Hebrides was used as a charm to cure failing sight. The charm was rubbed on the eyelids.

The bead may have come from a prehistoric necklace and its more recent use reflects the general belief in amber having curative properties for the eyes and eyesight.


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Online ID: 000-100-002-761-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.NO 88
Date: 17th or 18th century
Material: Amber
Dimensions: 20 mm x 20 mm
What:
Subject: Jewellery: charms, amulets (NMAS Classification)
Who:
Where: Scotland, Inverness-shire, Skye
Event:
Description: Amber bead from Skye, used to cure failing sight by rubbing on the eyelids
References:
  • Black, G. F., 'Scottish charms and amulets' in Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 27 (1892-3), pp 474-7 
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