Vintage Tuareg silver and brass Tcherot from Mauritania
A vintage 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 as gris-gris, gri-gri or kitab. This one has a lovely patina.
Silver, brass & trade beads
6.5 cm (h) x 6.0 cm (w)
Fisher, A. (1998). Africa Adorned. New York: H. Abrams, pp. 201, 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.