Amulet - 2012.62.34_1_3K

2012.62.34_1_3K

Amulet

Maker: Unidentified Tuareg artist
Medium:Leather, pigment
Geography: Niger
Date: 1960-1970
Dimensions:
48 x 27.5 x 4.8 cm
Object number: 2012.62.34
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust Fund
Not on view
DescriptionTwo rectangular, multilayered, leather amulets hung on the same cord. The cord is made of multiple leather strings and is decorated with leather beads close to the amulets. The multiple leather encasings protect 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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