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Craft: Jewelry: Amuletic Beads #3
Amuletic Beads #3

Amuletic Beads #3
William Harper
enamel, fine silver, and fine gold
1 1/4 x 7 in. (3.2 x 17.8 cm.) diam.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Matthew M. Cohen

An amulet is a charm or ornament, often inscribed with magic incantations or symbols believed to protect the wearer against evil. In Amuletic Beads #3, Harper has inscribed the symbols using cloisonné enameling, a technique the artist is particularly comfortable with.

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