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Acadian House Museum

Amulet


Accession number: 2010.012.002
Category: Belief Symbols
Object type: Religious
Date: before 2010
Materials: Metal
Narrative: The Acadians used to place such amulets and pendants in their walls while building their houses as a type of blessing over the house and the people in it. They believed that it would protect them against sickness and death. This amulet was found in the wall of Judy Bellefontaine's home.
Description: A small, oval shaped amulet with a scene inside. In the center of the amulet, behind the glass, is a red cloth heart that is surrounded by golden thorns and vines. On the top of the heart is a metal cross.