Amulets & Talismans

Tuareg Cross – Tabélot – Niger

White metal, glass beads. Grams 72,3 (2.55 oz). The Tabélot cross is cm. 11,3 x 5,2 (4.45” x 2.05”); the necklace is cm. 47,5 long (18.70). 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...

Lobi Bronze Amulet – Scorpion – Burkina Faso

20th century. Cm. 7,0 high x 4,0 width (2.76" x 1.57"); Gr. 38,3 (1.35 oz.). Lost-wax casting. The mold is destroyed every time; every object is a unique piece. The Lobi are an ethnic group that originated in what is today Ghana. Starting around 1770 many of the Lobi migrated into southern Burkina Faso and...

Boghdad n. 29 – South Morocco

1970'. Silver (gr. 50,8 - 1.79 oz.). Size: cm. 7,5 x 7,0 (2.95" x 2.76"). 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...

Hand of Fatima n. 36 – Morocco

Silver. Grams 61,3 (2.16 oz); Cm. 10,0 high x cm. 7,4 width (3.94" x 2.91”). Extra fine 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,...

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...

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...

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...

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.