Vintage Tuareg brass, silver and copper Tcherot from Agadez, Niger
A beautifully engraved large amulet pendant worn by Tuareg tribes. It is made of several metals thought to avert evil and danger from the wearer. There is some rusting on the reverse (see photo). It hangs on its original cord.
Brass, silver, copper & steel
11.0 cm (h) x 8.5 cm (w) x 1.0 cm (d)
Fisher, A. (1998). Africa Adorned. New York: H. Abrams, p 225.
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.