Vintage silver Tuareg Cross from Trarza, Mauritania - rare
A rare old silver Tuareg cross from the Trarza region of Mauritania. The engraved silver surface of the cross is riveted onto an ebony base, the heads of the rivets being covered by the silver balls. At the centre of the cross is a red plastic bead and the suspension loops are made of copper wire. A rare collectible item with beautiful patina.
Silver, ebony & plastic bead
6.5 cm (h) x 5.5 cm (w)
Fisher, A. (1998). Africa Adorned. New York: H. Abrams, p 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.