Amulets & Talismans

Tuareg Cross – Bagzan – Niger

White metal, glass beads. Grams 52,7 (1.86 oz). The Bagzan cross is cm. 11,1 x 6,7 (4.37” x 2.64”); the necklace is cm. 40,0 long (15.75"). The Tuareg live in one of the most inhospitable areas of the planet: the central part of the Sahara Desert. Their whole existence, difficult and precarious, is dominated by an [...]

Tcherot n. 27 – Niger

Tribal metal (alloy of many different metals), copper, ebony grams 253,2 (8.93 oz.); cm. 17,9 high x cm. 15,5 width (7.05” x 6.10"). In the Tuareg language (Tamahaq), the literal sense of the word “Tcherot” means “letter”, “message” or “paper on which something is written”. The word Tcherot is used in Niger, while these talismans are called [...]

Tuareg Cross – Tabélot – Niger

White metal, glass beads. Grams 72,3 (2.55 oz). The Tabélot cross is cm. 11,3 x 5,2 (4.45” x 2.05”); the necklace is cm. 47,5 long (18.70). The Tuareg live in one of the most inhospitable areas of the planet: the central part of the Sahara Desert. Their whole existence, difficult and precarious, is dominated by an [...]

Lobi Bronze Amulet – Scorpion – Burkina Faso

20th century. Cm. 7,0 high x 4,0 width (2.76" x 1.57"); Gr. 38,3 (1.35 oz.). Lost-wax casting. The mold is destroyed every time; every object is a unique piece. The Lobi are an ethnic group that originated in what is today Ghana. Starting around 1770 many of the Lobi migrated into southern Burkina Faso and [...]

Boghdad n. 29 – South Morocco

1970'. Silver (gr. 50,8 - 1.79 oz.). Size: cm. 7,5 x 7,0 (2.95" x 2.76"). Fine work. Berbers are the indigenous ethnic group of North Africa. They are continuously distributed from the Atlantic to the Siwa oasis in Egypt, and from the Mediterranean to the Niger River. The name Berber appeared for the first time after the end [...]

Hand of Fatima n. 36 – Morocco

Silver. Grams 61,3 (2.16 oz); Cm. 10,0 high x cm. 7,4 width (3.94" x 2.91”). Extra fine work. The KHAMSA hand (Arabic) or HAMESH hand (Hebrew) is and old and still popular apotropaic amulet for magical protection from the envious or evil eye. An alternative Islamic name for this amulet is Hand of Fatima, [...]