Vintage Tuareg double Tcherot from Mauritania

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A double amulet box made of brass with engraving, strung on what appears to be its original leather cord with tassels. The brass lid lifts up to reveal a secondary layer of brass, also engraved, with a backing of tin. An unusual find.

Date:

Circa 1970

Material:

Brass & tin

Dimensions:

6.0 cm (h) x 6.5 cm (w)

Weight:

70 g

Ref:

AMU-113

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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