Vintage silver boghdad (amulet) from Mauritania
A small silver boghdad pendant with raised granulation. Very old with nice patina.
Early 20th century
4.5 cm (h) x 4.5 cm (w)
Fisher, A. (1998). Africa Adorned. New York: H. Abrams, p 218.
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.