protective charm; gris-gris; assesrade; terewt; takarde

Two leather amulets on a brass ring. Incised decoration on the suspension loops. The larger amulet is rectangular, with a curved top, with a leather loop through which the smaller amulet is attached. The smaller amulet us also rectangular.

Amulets (also known as 'gris-gris', 'assesrade', 'terewt', 'takarde') such as this are made of two parts - the amulet container, in this case made of leather, and the actual amulet, in this case probably a paper (or papers) with Koranic inscriptions and texts, or magical letters and numbers, prepared by a religious leader or marabout.

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