Amulet - 2012.62.30_1_3K



Maker: Unidentified Tuareg artist
Geography: Agadez or Niamey, Niger
Date: 1980s
0.5 x 49 x 7 cm
Object number: 2012.62.30
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust Fund
Not on view

Rectangular, leather amulet decorated with embossed geometric motifs on the front and linear pattern on the back. The amulet is attached to a leather cord so that it can be worn around the neck. The leather encasing protects the sacred material of the amulet, which could be objects or inscribed verses and prayers from the Qur'an. Amongst the Tuareg, amulets are common private objects worn to protect against evil, to heal, and to attract good fortune. Amulets can take different shapes and forms and usually display great care and a high level of craftsmanship. Leather amulets are usually worn directly against the skin.

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