3192 – Cimaruta: Italian folk charm
- Physical description:
- Silver moon, heart, flower, bird charms extending from branches. The branches are a stylised rue sprig.
- Museum classification:
- 10 x 10 cm
Commonly found in Italian folk magic, the cimaruta was often hung to protect infants in their cradles. More recently, it has been associated with the Society of Diana and Charles Leland's 'Aradia'.
The name cimaruta is Italian for rue sprig. The herb rue has been used for magical protection since Roman times.