Silver and enamel cross from Tiznit, Morocco
A silver cross made in Tiznit with fine enamelling in traditional colours and a raised coral cabochon at the centre. Strung on black knotted leather cord and ready to wear. A lovely piece.
Late 20th century
Silver and enamel
6.4 cm (h) x 6.9 cm (w)
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.