Amulets & Talismans

Gan Bronze Necklace – Snake – Burkina Faso

20th century. Bronze, agate, carnelian and glazed terracotta beads. The necklace is cm. 42,0 in length (16.54"). The snake is Cm. 7,4 high x 12,9 width (2.91" x 5.08"); Gr. 197,0 (6.95 oz.). Lost-wax casting. The mold is destroyed every time; every object is a unique piece. For more information and similar examples, “Bronzes gan - la...

Fine Tuareg Leather Talisman – Niger

Leather. Cm. 23,0 high (9.06"); gr. 47,4 (1.67 oz.). Excellent decorations. The Tuareg people inhabit a large area, covering almost all the middle and western Sahara and the north-central Sahel. They are probably descended from the ancient Libyan people of the kingdom of the Garamantes, described by Herodotus. Tuareg are mostly...

Old Fine Tuareg Cross – Iférouane – Niger

Mid 20th century. Silver, gr 17,0 (0.60 oz) - cm. 8,9 x 5,8 (3.50” x 2.28”). What is the history of the Tuareg Cross? What is its origin? What is its significance? It’s impossible to give definitive and unambiguous answers: we are in Africa, where everything is always true and possible. According to the “official collection” of...

Fine Huge Tuareg Talisman – TCHEROT – 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...

Old Dogon Talisman – SUN – Mali

  Metal works like this Dogon Sun Talisman is molded in bronze by ‘the lost wax method’, also called ‘cire-perdue’. This kind of metal molding is made with a wax model and a mold made from a heat proof material, such as clay, in which the liquid metal is poured...

Tuareg Talisman – TCHEROT – Mali / Mauritania

20th century. Silver and copper on iron sheet gr. 42,1 (1.48 oz.); cm. 7,7 high x cm. 7,3 width (3.03” x 2.87"). 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 “Taraout”...

Fine Tuareg Talisman – Tanfouk – Niger

Agate, silver. Grams 30,4 (1.07 oz); cm. 11,8 x 4,8 (4.65” x 1.89”). The Tuareg people inhabit a large area, covering almost all the middle and western Sahara and the north-central Sahel. They are probably descended from the ancient Libyan people of the kingdom of the Garamantes, described by Herodotus. Tuareg are mostly nomads. For over two millennia, the Tuareg...