Amuleto en Forma de Espada

Amuleto en Forma de Espada

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This 20th century protective amulet takes the form of a sword. Amulets like this are worn with the belief that they ward off evil, danger, or bad luck, and provide strength and reassurance to the wearer.
Description (Spanish)
Amuleto de protección del siglo XX en forma de espada. Estos amuletos se portan bajo la creencia de que previenen contra el mal, el peligro o la mala suerte y de que otorgan fortaleza y convicción a quien las lleva.
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Object Name
amulet, sword
Date made
20th century
Place Made
Puerto Rico
Physical Description
wood; paint; metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 4 cm x 9.5 cm x 38.5 cm; 1 9/16 in x 3 3/4 in x 15 3/16 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal
Puerto Rico
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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