Glass Good Luck Charm from La Belle

Glass fica provided protection against the evil eye

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This good luck charm was discovered as part of the 1996 excavation of La Belle in Matagorda Bay. The ship was part of the 1684-85 expedition to America by René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle. The fica is a fist-shaped symbol of ancient origin that is designed to protect against the evil eye, a folk belief that the envy or dislike of another person could cause bad luck. These beliefs were common in Mediterranean countries. 

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Glass Good Luck Charm from La Belle Artifact from Matagorda Bay, Calhoun and Matagorda County
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