Antique silver enamelled hirz (amulet) from Ida ou Semlal, Morocco
This very old silver amulet, featuring green, ochre yellow, blue and red enamel, was most likely worn as part of a fibula (garment fastening). It has three suspended antique coins dated 1315 Hijri years, which corresponds to 1897 in the Gregorian calendar, and is finished nicely with pieces of glass. It is in good condition for its age.
Silver, enamel, silver coins & glass beads
12.0 cm (h) x 9.0 cm (w) x 1.0 cm (d) inc. dangles
Grammet, I. and Meersman, M. (1998). Splendeurs du Maroc. Tervuren (Belgique): Musée royal de l'Afrique centrale, pp. 262-263.
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.