Amulets & Talismans

Huge Gan Bronze Amulet – Snake – Burkina Faso

20th century. Cm. 30,5 high (12.01"); Gr. 96,7 (3.41 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; "Les Gan...

Fine Large Tuareg Talisman – Tanfouk – Niger

Silver. Grams 44,3 (1.56 oz); cm. 12,9 x 6,1 (5.08” x 2.40”). 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 of the Garamantes, described by Herodotus. Tuareg are mostly nomads. For over two millennia, the Tuareg operated...

Fine Gan Necklace – TORFAN – Burkina Faso

20th century. Bronze, leather. The necklace is cm. 35,0 in length (13.78"); the Torfan amulet is Cm. 12,0 high x 10,6 width (4.72″ x 4.17″); Gr. 201,3 (7.01 oz.). “The Torfan are spiritual entities that may have one or more heads (up to ten) and express themselves in different forms....

Dogon Amulet – Mali

Bronze, leather. Cm. 10,3 high x 9,8 width (4.06" x 3.86"). Gr. 103,6 (3.65 oz.). The necklace is cm. 68 long (26.77") The Dogon are an ethnic group living in the central plateau region of Mali, south of the Niger bend near the city of Bandiagara in the Mopti region. Certain researchers investigating...

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...