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Amulet

Detail of a dress, Pakistan, 19th century, with triangular amuletic shape hanging down from the waistband. Detail of a dress, Pakistan, 19th century, with triangular amuletic shape hanging down from the waistband. Copyright Victoria and Albert Museum, London, acc. no. 05603(IS).

An amulet (Latin: amuletum) is any object that is worn to protect its owner or wearer from danger or harm caused by disease, evil, witchcraft, etc. It is sometimes sewn onto clothing as a form of applied decoration.

See also: talisman

Source: Shorter Oxford English Dictionary: 'Amulet'.

V&A online catalogue (retrieved 18 June 2016).

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