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Blue bead and evil eye
 

Protective Blue Bead
early 1900s

Warding off the evil eye
Immediately after the birth of one of her sons in 1912, Lebanese-born Nazha Haney of Spring Valley, IL, pinned this protective blue glass bead to his clothing. The practice of using blue beads to ward off the evil eye, especially from male children, was widespread in the Middle East and in Arab immigrant communities in the United States in the early 1900s.

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Bead, .3" high
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