Vintage Tuareg silver and brass tcherot from Mauritania
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 has been strung with several Venetian millefiori trade beads on a leather cord. These tcherot are also known as gris-gris, gri-gri or kitab. This one has a lovely patina.
Silver, brass and Venetian millefiori trade beads
6.5 cm (h) x 6.0 cm (w)
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.