amulet

Silver amulet container, with a steel or inox back. Square shaped with concave sides of varying degrees. The front is pyramid like, consisting of 3 steps which are engraved with geometrical motifs. They are attached to a necklace made from black cotton strings, which form a tassel on either side of the amulet. Blue and white strips are wrapped around the cotton strings at the connection point.

The silver container may have paper with verses from the Koran written by a marabout inside, or other powerful substances, though it is also possible that these containers (in comparison with the leather amulet containers) contain nothing more than sand, in order to give it weight.

Collection Information

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