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Mano cornuta, or ‘horned hand’ amulet in the form of a brown leather glove with white stitching, stuffed with pink wool to resemble a gloved hand. Wrist is bound with a cotton thread to attach a twisted and knotted loop of string by which to hang it. Glove is fashioned so that the thumb, index and little fingers are pointing up, and the middle two fingers are sewn down into the palm. Used as a charm against bad luck.

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glove; protective charm

1 item (description level: whole)
Additional names, titles, or classifications
object name (Horniman Ethno.):  glove
object name:  protective charm

Italy, Western Europe, Europe
Additional place information
probably Southern Italy, Italy 

Materials & techniques
leather; wool; plant fibre; cotton
Additional material & technique information
material: cotton (binding)
material: leather (glove)
material: plant fibre (string)
material: wool (stuffing)
overall: 51 g; overall: 387 mm x 97 mm x 45 mm
Additional measurement information
overall: 51 g
overall: 387 mm x 97 mm x 45 mm

Related subjects
theme: Health and Healing
material: cotton
object name (Horniman Ethno.): gloves
material: leather
material: plant fibre
object name: protective charms
string (fiber product)
material: wool

Record created 2000-11-29 by CLISTER
Record last updated 2016-10-04 by XGVIEWS

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