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 can be worn as an attractive pendant, or would be equally 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.