The City of Prague Museum

Under Saints‘ Protection – Devotional Scapulars from the City of Prague Museum’s Collection

Under Saints‘ Protection – Devotional Scapulars from the City of Prague Museum’s Collection

Place:
Main Building

Date:
4. 2. 2020 – 26. 4. 2020

The scapular (derived from Latin scapulae – shoulders) was initially a regular part of the monk’s habit to protect their garment at work. Later, it symbolised the wearer’s attitude and belief in God’s protection and help.

Carmelite scapulars have become the most famous.

Nevertheless, the necessity to find protection against evil attacks on the body and soul was not always confined to the faith but many times became a superstition ascribing miraculous power to the objects as such.

This was the destiny of the scapulars on display, known as ‘false scapulars’ that accumulated relics, devotional objects, biblical texts, blessings, and others in line with the motto ‘the more, the better’. They were worn suspended from the neck but also were placed in beds, cribs, luggage, residential houses, and farming facilities.

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