Amulets & Talismans

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 […]

Dogon Talisman – SUN – Mali

Dogon Talisman – SUN – Mali

Bronze, shell. Cm. 6,8 high x cm. 3,5 width (2.68″ x 1.38″). Gr. 24,8 (0.87 oz.). 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 […]

Tuareg Leather Wallet – Khomissar – Niger

Tuareg Leather Wallet – Khomissar – Niger

  Leather, shells, glass beads. The piece is cm. 37,0 in lenght (14.57″). The wallet is cm. 9,0 x cm. 7,5 (3.54″ x 2.95″). Grams 71,4 (2.52″). 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 […]

Tuareg Talisman – Bella Amulet on Leather Gris-Gris – Niger

Tuareg Talisman – Bella Amulet on Leather Gris-Gris – Niger

Leather Gris-Gris, metal Bella amulet. Cm. 6,7 x cm. 4,8 (2.64″ x 1.89″). Grams 24,5 (0.86″). Bella live Niger and Mali but are of Sudanese origin in Africa. The Bella tribe was formerly held in slavery by the Tuareg. The Tuareg people inhabit a large area, covering almost all the middle and western Sahara and the north-central Sahel. […]

Berber Frontal Amulet – LEBST – Pre-Sahara Region, South Morocco

Berber Frontal Amulet – LEBST – Pre-Sahara Region, South Morocco

Early to mid 20th century. Silver, coral, green and yellow enamel. Gr. 39,9 (1.41 oz.); cm. 7,4 high x cm. 4,5 width (2.91″ x 1.77″). For similar examples see page 280 of “Splendeurs du Maroc”, Africa Museum Tervuren. 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 […]

Kotoko Warrior – Putchu Guinadji – Chad

Kotoko Warrior – Putchu Guinadji – Chad

Brass; gr. 92,6 (3.27 oz.); cm. 7,0 high x cm. 5,8 width (2.76″ x 2.28″). These talismans are believed to cure the madness. The word “Putchu” means horse and “Guinadji” means demon in the Kotoko language. The “Putchu Guinadji” are the horse and the rider who fight the demons attacking the mad person. The horsemen are usually worn on […]

Tcherot n. 26 – Niger

Tcherot n. 26 – Niger

20th century. Silver  on copper sheet gr. 36,4 (1.28 oz.); cm. 7,0 high x cm. 6,8 width (2.76” x 2.68″). 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. […]

Boghdad n. 28 – South Morocco

Boghdad n. 28 – South Morocco

1970′. Silver (gr. 39,4 – 1.39 oz.). Size: cm. 6,5 x 5,3 (2.56″ x 2.09″). 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 the Roman Empire. Many […]

Dogon Talisman – SUN – Mali

Dogon Talisman – SUN – Mali

Bronze. Cm. 8,0 high x cm. 8,5 width (3.15″ x 3.35″). Gr. 153,3 (5.41 oz.). 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, […]

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