What Does the Italian Horn Symbolize?

The Italian horn is a small amulet in the shape of a slender, twisted horn that wards off the curse of the Evil Eye. The Italian horn is also called the cornuto, corno or cornicello.

In Italy, many believe in the curse of the Evil Eye. The curse develops when another person looks on someone with jealousy or envy.

Italian horns date back thousands of years, according to Lucky Mojo. They are usually carved from red coral, silver or gold. The horns are meant to resemble those of the horned animal, a moon goddess in ancient Italian culture. The horns are worn on a chain around the neck to protect the wearer, or are hung in the home to protect the entire house.