3752 – Car Mezuza (or Mezuzah) from Jerusalem
- Physical description:
- Small gold coloured object with clear section to see into scroll. This object has a sticky label on the back to affix it to the car. Another scroll is on a small piece of paper. This all comes in a plastic dark red box with clear front.
- Museum classification:
- Charms, talismans and amulets
- In box: 10cm x 11cm, just gold amulet with scroll inside (no plastic box): 6cm x 1.5cm x 1cm
Contains a scroll with Hebrew text which translates as: "For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways." Psalms xci
Traditionally hung in doorways to fulfill a Biblical commandment to inscribe the words of the God on the doorways of the house. It can also be seen as serving an amuletic function, protecting the doorway of the house and protecting the occupants from Divine Anger.
According to various pieces of sociological research, approximately three-quarter of adults in Israel believe that the mezuzah literally guards their houses. (Aviezer, Hillel (1997). "Ha-Mezuzah – beyn Mitzvah le-Qamiya'" (PDF). Ma‘aliyot. 19: 217.)
- Gold, plastic, other metals, paper
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