amulet

Five diamond or rhombus shaped silver sheets are mounted on layered blackened leather. Their arrangement forms a rough trapeze. The tawlulut (leather multi-stringed necklace) is attached to the leather strap that forms part of the layered leather backing, with a leather tassel at either side of the strap. The leather strap is in the shape of a trapeze turned upside-down and so mirroring the silver trapeze below. The leather is embossed. The leather strings at the connection to the leather strap are decorated with interwoven reddish brown leather and white plastic strips, and alternating turquoise and red-brown leather wrapped strips, forming a parallel line above the strap. This pendant has protective qualities, which are enhanced by the five sheets, five being a magical number within the Islamic tradition. It protects against the evil eye.

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