'Schabfigur' or Schabmadonna; loosely translated as a figure to scrape from. Traditionally these were made of a mixture of different holy ingredients and clay. The believer would take the figurine home from the shrine of the saint or deity where it had been blessed. There they would scrape of it tiny pieces of dust and sprinkle these over their food, into drinks or even onto the food of their farm animals. The idea was that by this act they would take in the spiritual body of the respective saint or deity and absorb their (healing) power within their own bodies. People believed to be protected against all evil and harm.