Vintage Tuareg double amulet in leather from Mali
Etched leather pouches are worn around the neck by Tuareg tribespeople who keep verses from the Qur'an inside as a means of protection. These pouches are unopened.
11.0 cm (h) x 6.5 (w)
Fisher, A. (1998). Africa Adorned. New York: H. Abrams, pp. 216-217.
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.