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decorative manner, and not of the silver generally employed (compare note under Fig. 8 ijifra, and remarks on p. 207, vol. xxv.^ supra).

Fig. 3. A piece of deer's horn, the base cut into two sets of four columns each, the surface decorated with wavy lines in low relief, in a silver socket ; Madrid.

Fig. 4. A piece of deer's horn, carved in a conventional form (the lower extremity is worthy of notice), in a silver socket ; Madrid. It is inscribed, in characters filled in alternately with red and with green pigment: "+ NI ME PRESTO NI ME DOI SOLO DE MI DUENO SOI PARA RAMON RUIZ ANO 1776,^ ftV/f^^'^ MI P^." "-J- Neither lend me nor give me; I am only of my

owner, Ramon Ruiz, year 1776, ^io i*\Y/t^' ^^^^ ™y v)"'

Fig. 5. A piece of bone, in a silver socket, for an infant ; Seville. This object, which belongs to the same class as the specimens of Figs. 5 to 9, inc., and 40, Plate IV., vol. xvii., supra, is unusual in that the piece of bone is shaped simply as a very elongated cone.

Fig. 6. A small piece of ivory, seemingly formerly the handle of a small stick or parasol, with a silver socket and a heavy silver chain, which indicate that it was regarded as having rather valuable properties ; Toledo. Probably an amulet depen- dent for its value on the virtues ascribed to ivory ; perhaps against the evil eye, although the mounting suggests that it may possibly be a lactation charm,' for hanging on the breast. The vendor, an elderly woman, called it the tusk of a wild boar (cf. supra, vol. xvii., pp. 457, 458), and said that it was to be worn by an infant against the evil eye.

Stones, Glass. — Fig. 7. A ^^ chupador" ("sucker") for an infant, of translucent dark blue glass, circular in section through- out, and unusually slender, in a brass socket ; Madrid.

Fig. 8. A chupador, formed of opaque white glass with irregular spots and streaks of blue, red, and yellow incorporated with its

^ I have not recorded the employment in Spain of ivory as a regulator of lacta- tion ; in Italy, however, it is so used, in addition to being used against the evil eye (cf. Bellucci's Catalogo Descritdvo, Ainiileti Italiani, Perugia, 1898 Tablet xii.).