All ancient objects were magical charms.  Since anything connected with the body could become a fetish, the earliest magic had to do with hair and nails.  A world so filled with charms did much to destroy all personal ambition and initiative. 
The primitives believed that a ceremony of consecration caused the spirit to enter the image; likewise, when certain objects were blessed, they became charms.  Charms were employed to insure a happy and fertile marriage. 
Charms and relics are impotent to heal disease, ward off disaster, or influence evil spirits; the belief in all such material means of influencing the spiritual world is nothing but gross superstition. 
Magical charms were concocted from a great variety of things: human flesh, tiger claws, crocodile teeth, poison plant seeds, snake venom, and human hair.  The ornamental type of personal effects originated in the wearing of charms.  Primitives rubbed charms on infections, then discarded them and supposedly experience a cure. 
See also: UB 88:5.