Tawfik Canaan Amulets

  • Amber Stone

    Half a ring with dark yellow color, almost peach. Used to ward off icterus. Drops from the stone are stirred with water and given for children to drink.  

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  • Garnet stone

    A broken piece of garnet, which used to be probably round-shaped. It is fixed in position by a silver frame on which there are engravings only partially read due to a rupture in the frame. The silver frame is attached to two rings  then to a lace so to wear  around the neck. Canaan obtained it in 1917. 

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  • Soul Bead

    Oval shaped stone with different shades of color ranging from white to light brown. It is pierced in the middle in order to be used as a pendant. 

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  • Comb

    Double sided wooden comb decorated in the middle. One side is thicker than the other. There are two holes on both ends of the comb. The comb is decorated on both sides. 

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  • Kabsa or Kabbas Bead

     Dark green cubical form bead pierced in its middle. Bought in 1942.

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  • Mill

    White round stone with shades of brown. The shape of the stone is spiral. 

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  • Stone

    Triangular-shaped stone perforated longitudinally at its. It is used as a heart-shaped stone. 

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  • Heart shaped stone

    Rhombus shaped dark green (garnet) stone of green color, perforated in one of its angles in order to be used as a pendant.  

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  • Heart shaped Stone

    A beautiful big heart-shaped stone. It is almost oval in shape with shades of reddish brown colors. Canaan obtained it in 1919. 

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  • Black Stone

    Black rectangular shape, without any engravings on its sides except for a frame. Canaan obtained it in 1917. 

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  • Moses Stone

    Moses stone, an equilateral triangle, without any engravings on its sides, and one broken edge. It was obtained in 1914 from Al-Nabi Mousa area. 

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  • Tongs

    Rectangular shaped wooden tongs with decorations on one of its sides. The piece takes the shape of a book stand, usually used for reading the Quraan. 

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  • Shaving Razor

    A shaving razor, that is constituent of a silver tatted cover with botanical decorations, and a semi-circular blade. 

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  • Spray

    Cylindrical vessel with a removable cap and holes on the bottom side to sprinkle powder on injury. It is used to dispense powder when circumcising a newborn. 

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  • Piece of weight balance

    Top side of a weight balance with a hole in the middle to hang a knob and holes in both ends to hang plates.  

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  • Incense Censer

    Cylindrical wooden piece with many holes.  A removable cap from one end has a horizontally symmetrical hole where incense matches can be placed.  

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  • Kohl Container

    Triangular leather Kohl container, that looks like a talisman from afar.  A wooden stich is attached to one of its end, and a white thread is tied to it. There are traces of green and orange wax on the leather.  

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  • Indian Mirror

    Round Iron plate with long cylindrical knob to facilitate its carrying. Engraved on the knob  s-shaped ornaments. Canaan obtained it from a member of Nammari family in 1927. 

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  • Horseshoe

    Iron horseshoe. Canaan obtained it in 1944. 

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  • Lighter

    Triangular lighter. Canaan obtained it from Nablus in 1931.

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  • Palm Stamp

    A Palm shaped stamp with religious writings and prayers (Duaa), and a flattened knob placed on the back. It was obtained in 1942 for 300 mils.

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  • Sword Stamp

    A Bifurcate-sword shape stamp (Ali’s Sword) with writings engraved on its interior and a cylindrical knob placed on its back. It was obtained in 1942, for 500 mil.

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  • Stamp

    Double framed round stamp. Engraved on the upper frame a verse from Surat Al-Isra “Exalted is He who took his servant by night from Al-Masjid Al-Haram to Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa whose surroundings We have blessed.” And engraved in the inner frame “The rock of the Holy City is from Heaven”. Canaan obtained the piece in 1942 for 500 mils.

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  • Stamp

    Round black stamp in its  middle lies a big circle where the dome of the rock is drawn surrounded by smaller circles with Arabic letters. The outer ring of the stamp also has Arabic letters. Canaan obtained it in 1942 for 1 pound from a Shaikh at Al Haram.

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  • Stamp

    Star shaped stamp with 12 rays (or sun). It has a circle in the middle with an engraving of the image of Mary, Joseph and Jesus Christ.  On each ray, engraved an image of a saint. It was used to stamp soap. Canaan obtained it in 1943 from a Christian woman who made soap for pilgrims.

     

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  • Stamp

    Round shaped stamp with Greek letters and symbols, used for stamping Sunday bread and the Secret Supper. It is also called  Tattoo, it has an ornate squared handle attached to the back. Canaan obtained it in 1941 from Jerusalem for 100 mils.

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  • Stamp “Seal Stamp”

    Round shaped stamp with an image of a saint and Latin writings engraved in Greek letters. A Cross is carved on the top and a grip handle is attached to its bottom part so that it is used as a stamp. The piece was obtained from Monk Theodorous in 1942.

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  • Stamp

    Yellow Palm shaped stamp with Duaa (prayer) written in Arabic and a back handle. The Duaa says: “يا شافي يا الله، نصر من الله، وفتح قريب، وبشر المؤمنين، يا محمد يا حنان يا منان ”. On the five fingers inscribed another Duaa [praising Ali and his sword, and citing names of God in prayer]. It was obtained in 1914 from a Shaikh.

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  • Stamp

    Stamp with the Arabic letters “أجهزط وبدوح”. Supposed to be a stamp and talisman for love and acceptance. Canaan obtained it from Jerusalem in 1941.

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  • Stamp

    Octagonal talisman with meandrous middle circle. The writing is on one side, saying a Duaa (prayer) [citing 8 names of God cited in the holy Quran: يا حنان يا قيوم يا حي يا سلطان يا رحمن يا رحيم يا ديان يا منان]. The piece was bought from a person named Ohan for 400 mils on the 4th of September 1940.

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  • Bell

    A traditional shaped small sized copper bell in golden color with a pendant hanging loosely in its interior. The pedant is a coiled wire with several twists at its end. Canaan obtained it in 1945 for 250 mils.

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  • Bell

    Bell with a semi- circular pendant  hanging in its interior. Engraved on the surrounding opening of the bell delicate engravings made of lines and dots. On the top of the ring there is a ring used for hanging the bell. Obtained  in 1945 for 250 mils.

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  • Bell

    Small open bell with a small ball hanging in its interior. Canaan obtained it in 1920.

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  • Bell

    Closed ball-shaped bell with a smaller ball loosely hanging in its interior. It was hung around the neck of a donkey. Canaan bought it in 1915.

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  • Bell

    A bell with a blue bead hanging in its interior and attached to it a Celtis stick. The bell was hanging around the neck of a sheep. Canaan bought it in 1917.

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