A small book of amulets

Whilst exploring the Wellcome's collection of amulets and in other museums, I came across so many examples of these tiny objects that I began to document them all. I had a tiny book that I had found in a car boot sale that was just the right size for the purpose. 

The amulet above is perhaps my favourite in the Wellcome Collection but I know relatively little about where it came from. It was part of a collection gathered by W L Hildburgh, and was probably to protect against the evil eye. The coral would represent being under water which protects from the eye, the horn shapes are pepper which would irritate the eye. The hands are an accepted  symbol against the evil eye and here they are made of bone.