Amulets & Talismans

Hand of Fatima n. 37 – Draa Valley, Morocco

Early 20th century. Silver gr. 7,0 (0.25 oz); Cm. 8,8 high (3.46”) x cm. 4,9 width (1.81”). Excellent 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,...

Old Berber Box Amulet – Siwa Oasis, Egypt

Early to mid 20th century. Silver, traces of gilding grams 57,4 (2.02 oz.). The necklace is cm. 50 long (19.69"). The box amulet is cm. 7,0 high x cm. 5,4 width (2.76" x 2.13"). Zār Amulet or commonly known as Zar, is a special genre in Egyptian jewellery which consists of purpose-made magical jewellery, to be used...

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...