Vintage silver cylindrical hirz (amulet) from Yemen - rare
This stunning hirz pendant features exquisite intricate granulation and design in high-grade silver. It has five eyelets to allow suspension from a cord or chain worn around the neck.
It is a beautiful example of its kind and is very collectable.
First half of 20th century
5.5 cm (h) x 13.5 cm (w) x 3.0 cm (d)
An amulet (hirz in Arabic) is an object worn by a person as a form of protection. It is believed to ward off all danger and protect the person from all harm. Often it will be combined with beads or worn on a chain as a piece of jewellery. Some amulets contain verses from the Qur'an as perceived added protection. The amulets in our collection include Tuareg tcherot, Yemeni prayer boxes, boghdad and Tuareg crosses.