Amulets & Talismans

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...

Huge Gan Bronze Amulet – Snake – Burkina Faso

20th century. Cm. 30,5 high (12.01"); Gr. 96,7 (3.41 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 spirale du serpent”, by Bertrand Goy and Maine Durieu, Editions Sépia – 2005, provides a close analysis of the Gan Bronzes; "Les Gan...

Fine Large Tuareg Talisman – Tanfouk – Niger

Silver. Grams 44,3 (1.56 oz); cm. 12,9 x 6,1 (5.08” x 2.40”). 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 operated...

Fine Gan Necklace – TORFAN – Burkina Faso

20th century. Bronze, leather. The necklace is cm. 35,0 in length (13.78"); the Torfan amulet is Cm. 12,0 high x 10,6 width (4.72″ x 4.17″); Gr. 201,3 (7.01 oz.). “The Torfan are spiritual entities that may have one or more heads (up to ten) and express themselves in different forms....

Dogon Amulet – Mali

Bronze, leather. Cm. 10,3 high x 9,8 width (4.06" x 3.86"). Gr. 103,6 (3.65 oz.). The necklace is cm. 68 long (26.77") The Dogon are an ethnic group living in the central plateau region of Mali, south of the Niger bend near the city of Bandiagara in the Mopti region. Certain researchers investigating...