Vintage boghdad (amulet) pendant from Mauritania
A small boghdad pendant was made in the 1990s and features raised granulation and engraving. The central raised element is decorated with wood or bone. An unusual item.
Late 20th century
Low grade silver and wood/bone
4.0 cm (h) x 3.5 cm (w)
Fisher, A. (1998). Africa Adorned. New York: H. Abrams, pp. 218 & 222.
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.