This beautiful amulet capsule is a cast of an amulet that Thorvaldsen bought when he lived in Rome. The original amulet is from the fourth century BC. In ancient Rome it was believed that an amulet had sacred power that could protect you from bad luck. But then it was not the custom that the amulet could be opened and used as a locket of the kind we know today. So it isn’t possible to open this one either.