Vintage silver enamelled boghdad (amulet) from Ida Ou Semlal, Morocco
A large silver domed boghdad with raised granulation and the traditional yellow and green enamelling synonymous with this region of Morocco. The workmanship on this amulet is of a high quality. A stunning item.
Early 20th century
Silver & enamel
9.5 cm (h) x 7.5 cm (w) x 2.0 cm (d)
Grammet, I. and Meersman, M. (1998). Splendeurs du Maroc. Tervuren (Belgique): Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, pp. 280-282.
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.