Amulets & Talismans

3 Old Fine Tuareg Crosses – Tahoua – Niger

Silver, wool grams 33,6 (1.18 oz). Each cross is cm. 7,0 x 4,1 (2.75” x 1.61”). 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...

Old Tuareg Talisman – TCHEROT – Mali

1970'. Tribal metal, agate and carnelian rings (khroub) gr. 71,7 (2.52 oz.); cm. 8,8 high x cm. 9,2 width (3.46” x 3.62"). 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 Fine Coptic Cross – Oromo, Ethiopia

Pendant crosses are received at baptism and worn around the neck as their owner’s most prized possession, a talisman and symbol of faith combined. The Oromo people are a Cushitic ethnic group and nation native to Ethiopia who speak the Oromo language. They are the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia...

Outstanding Antique Hand of Fatima – KHAMSA – HAMESH – Lizard – South, Morocco

End 19th century - early 20th century. Silver gr. 44,8 (1.58 oz); Cm. 12,1 high  x cm. 7,3 width (4.76” x 2.87”). Excellent conditions; evident traces of use on the back of the hand. The KHAMSA hand (Arabic) or HAMESH hand (Hebrew) is and old and still popular apotropaic amulet for magical protection from the envious or...

Old Tuareg Talisman – TCHEROT – Mauritania / Mali

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” in Algeria, “Takardé” in Mali and “Kitab” in Mauritania. The Tcherot often has the form...