Amulets & Talismans

Berber Cross – BOGHDAD – South Morocco

Silver (gr. 42,0 - 1.48 oz.). Size: cm. 7,0 x 5,7 (2.76" x 2.24"). 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 of...

Old Tuareg Talisman – TCHEROT – Azawagh, Niger

1970'. Engraved silver sheet on brass, copper, silver studs. Grams. 53,2 (1.88 oz.); cm. 8,0 high x cm. 7,0 width (3.15” x 2.76"). 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...

Gan Bronze Amulet – Snake – Burkina Faso

Cm. 5,5 high x 8,0 width (2.17" x 3.15"); Gr. 38,5 (1.36 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,...

Huge Tuareg Talisman – TCHEROT – Mali / Mauritania

20th century. Silver and copper gr. 221,8 (7.82 oz.); cm. 16,7 high x cm. 16,4 width (6.57” x 6.45"). 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...

Fine Tuareg Talisman – TCHEROT – Mali

1960'-1970'. Tribal metal on copper sheet, carnelian and glass rings (khroub) gr. 43,7 (1.54 oz.); cm. 7,5 high x cm. 9,5 width (2.95” x 3.74"). 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...