Before the development of modern medicine, fevers, cramps and toothache could be painful and dangerous. Childbirth could kill mother or child. Many people believed that the supernatural powers embodied in an amulet could promote fertility and good health and offer protection against malign forces or the ‘evil eye’.
The amulets were often made of organic materials thought to have protective powers, such as jet or horn, or were set with propitious symbols. Although the Catholic Church was opposed to the pagan nature of many amulets, it was powerless to prevent their use.
Origin: Schwäbisch Gmünd (probably)
Materials and Techniques: Silver filigree with glass and wax