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Rare Antique Silver Trarza ‘Boghdad’ Cross, Mauritania


A rare antique silver boghdad cross made in the late 1800s, from the area of Boultilimit in the Trarza region of Mauritania. A finely engraved silver sheet is cut and mounted on a base of ebony wood via rivets, the heads of which are the dominant silver ball granulations.

A very attractive cross with a rich patina, developed over years of wear. We have chosen to preserve this. It would have been made and worn by the Saharan/Tuareg people who lived in the Trarza region of south-west Mauritania. Very collectible unique piece.

Photo props are not included.


Late 1800s


Silver & ebony


4.54 cm (h) x 4.48 cm (w) x 1.04 cm (d)


11.4 g




Fisher, A. (1998). Africa Adorned. New York: H. Abrams, p. 222