Silver and enamel boghdad (amulet) from Tiznit, Morocco
A striking and unusual large silver boghdad amulet with blue enamel and raised granulations. It has a central raised dome. The workmanship on this piece is exquisite and it is in very good condition. It would be beautiful as a wall-mounted decorative work of art.
Late 20th century
Silver & blue enamel
11.5 cm (h) x 9.5 cm (w) x 1.0 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.