Amulets & Talismans

Old Berber Talisman – Bani Region, South Morocco

Old Berber Talisman – Bani Region, South Morocco

Early to mid 20th century. Leather, old glass Tanfouk, brass studs, metal chains, buttons, glass beads. Cm. 12,5 high (4.92) grams. 59,9 (2.11 oz). 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 […]

Small Fine Tuareg Wallet – Tahoua Cross – Niger

Small Fine Tuareg Wallet – Tahoua Cross – Niger

1970′. Leather, silver Tahoua cross, grams 18,8 (0.66 oz). Each cross is cm. 7,3 x 5,0 (2.87” x 1.97”). 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 overriding concern to protect and defend themselves from hostile supernatural forces that inhabit […]

Old Ivory Amulet – Mali

Old Ivory Amulet – Mali

Old amulet lion fang shaped; cm. 5,2 high; grams 5,7. Former Tuscan private collection (Grassi Family). Collected in Mali in 40′. Please share this content if you like it:

Berber Amulet Box – Western Anti-Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Berber Amulet Box – Western Anti-Atlas Mountains, Morocco

1950′-1960′. Silver. Gr. 29,7 (1.05 oz.); cm. 4,7 high x cm. 3,0 width (1.85″ x 1.18″). 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 the Roman Empire. Many Berbers call themselves some […]

Old Ivory Amulet – Mali

Old Ivory Amulet – Mali

Old amulet lion fang shaped; cm. 4,4 high; grams 3,6. Former Tuscan private collection (Grassi Family). Collected in Mali in 40′. Please share this content if you like it:

Tuareg Hand of Fatima – KHOMISSAR – Mali

Tuareg Hand of Fatima – KHOMISSAR – Mali

Shell on leather. Cm. 13,0 width x cm. 8,0 high x cm. 2,2 depht (5.12″ x 3.15″ x 0.87″). Gr. 87,0 (3.07 oz). The Khomissar, in the form of a stylized hand, is believed to ward off the evil eye and, being made of shells, doubles as a fertility symbol. 417   Please share this content if you like […]

Gan Aluminium Amulet – Viper – Burkina Faso

Gan Aluminium Amulet – Viper – Burkina Faso

1970′. Cm. 12,3 width x 6,5 high (4.84 x 2.56″); Gr. 100,7 (3.55 oz.). Gan pieces in aluminium are quite rare. 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, examining them both thematically and aesthetically. 1216 Please […]

Berber Talisman Wallet with Kitab Amulet – Guelmim Region, South Morocco

Berber Talisman Wallet with Kitab Amulet – Guelmim Region, South Morocco

Mid 20th century. Leather. The piece is approx. cm. 33,0 in lenght (12.99″). The metal amulet (Kitab) is cm 5,4 x cm 4,1 (2.13″ x 1.61”). 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 […]

Hand of Fatima n. 35 – Morocco

Hand of Fatima n. 35 – Morocco

Mid 20th century. Silver, Mediterranean Coral gr. 98,7 (3.48 oz); Cm. 15,3 x cm. 9,8 (6.10″ x 3.86″). 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, in reference to the […]

Gan Aluminium Amulet – Python – Burkina Faso

Gan Aluminium Amulet – Python – Burkina Faso

1970′. Cm. 26,7 high (10.51″); Gr. 104,4 (3.68 oz.). Gan pieces in aluminium are quite rare. 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, examining them both thematically and aesthetically. Please share this content if you like […]

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