Linen skull cap printed with religious pictures

Made:
1860-1920 in Tyrol
maker:
Unknown

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Amuletic skull cap with printed pictures of religious nature, used to cure convulsions in child, from Tyrol, Austrian, 1860-1920

Placed on the head of a child, this linen skull cap was believed to cure convulsions caused, perhaps, by epilepsy. The printed illustrations show Mary and Jesus being visited by the Magi (Three Wise Men), St Valentine in a glass tomb and a monk praying.

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Category:
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Object Number:
A665699
type:
skull cap, therapeutic amulets
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • costume
  • headgear
  • cap - headgear
credit:
Loan, Wellcome Trust

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