Silver Tuareg cross from Agadez, Niger
A good quality silver Southern Cross pendant from the Agadez region of Niger, featuring fine etchings on silver. It is said that the four points of the cross symbolise the four points of the compass, symbolising protection wherever the wearer travels in the vast desert region. It was often passed from father to son as a protective pendant on those travels. A very wearable symbolic pendant.
Late 20th century
8.5 cm (h) x 5.0 cm (w)
Fisher, A. (1998). Africa Adorned. New York: H. Abrams, p 211.
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.