Vintage Tuareg Silver Tcherot from Mauritania
A vintage high-grade silver (tested) Tuareg amulet box with fine engraving mounted on brass. It would have contained verses from the Qur'an, believed to afford protection to the wearer. It is strung with 3 trade beads on an old leather thong. These tcherot are also known as gris-gris, gri-gri or kitab. This one has a lovely patina.
Silver, brass & trade beads
6.5 cm (h) x 6.0 cm (w)
Fisher, A. (1998). Africa Adorned. New York: H. Abrams, pp. 201, 225.