Pair of vintage cylindrical hirz cases (amulets) from Yemen
A beautiful pair of original cylindrical prayer cases. Each silver cylinder is encased with very fine silver filigree wire and has four sets of long chain dangles. This pair were likely to have formed part of a Yemeni bride's adornment.
First half of 20th century
Each case: 10.5 cm (h) x 8.0 cm (w) x 1.5 cm (d) inc. dangles
41.3 g/42.4 g
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.