Vintage Tuareg silver and brass Tcherot from Mauritania

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A silver Tuareg amulet box with fine engraving mounted on brass. It would have contained verses from the Qur'an, believed to afford protection to the wearer. It is strung with 3 trade beads on an old leather thong. These tcherot are also known gris-gris, gri-gri or kitab. This one has a lovely patina.

Date:

Mid-century

Material:

Silver, brass & trade beads

Dimensions:

6.5 cm (h) x 6.0 cm (w)

Weight:

40 g

Ref:

AMU-112

References:

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.


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