Tuareg Kitab Tcherot Silver and Leather Double Amulet, with Raised Silver Buttons and Decorative Beads, Mauritania - Rita Okrent Collection (P642p)

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Wonderful vintage Tcherot double amulet made from leather silver. This tcherot is one of our favorites and was featured in our most recent ad in Ornament Magazine. We love how its owner decorated it with a string of beads.

Kitab or tcherot amulets are found in the regions where the Tuareg nomadic people live, such as Mauritania and Niger. Tcherot typically contain small objects with amulet properties and carefully folded magical formulas as well as verses from the Koran, all designed to protect and strengthen the wearer or to ensure her fertility. A Tuareg girl receives her first Tcherot from her mother at the age of seventeen. (from the book "African Beads, Jewels of a Continent" by Evelyn Simak).

This amulet dates from the mid 1900's. Measurements coming shortly.

Pendant Item 642p

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