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amulet

This decorative amulet consists of a silver square to which is attached by a copper ring a large silver triangle. Attached to this are three smaller triangles. All four have small shatshat triangles attached to their bottom sides. The two pointed horizontal edges of the large triangle are coated with copper, the third edge is coated first with copper, on top of which is another brass "cap". All five silver containers are decorated with geometrical patterns by the repoussé technique. The prevalent shape and decorative motif is the triangle, one of the most common motifs in the Tuareg "artistic canon". A leather band is attached to the silver square.

This amulet is attached/plaited (in) to the hair of Tuareg women so that it hangs down the back. Some say that it is purely decoration, while others acknowledge it’s protective power from the evil eye.

Collection Information

These objects are only a part of our collections, of which there are more than 350,000 objects. More information on the objects listed on our website.
This information comes from our collections database. Some of this is incomplete and there may be some errors.

The database sometimes uses language taken from historical documents to help research, which may now appear outdated and even offensive. The database also includes information on objects that are considered secret or sacred by some communities.

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