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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.

This beautiful cross shows lovely workmanship with its many rivets and granulation and intricate engraving. It has a very worn patina, developed over many years of wear. We have chosen to preserve this. It would have been made and worn by the Saharan people who lived in the Trarza region of south-west Mauritania. Very collectible unique piece of considerable age.


Late 1800s


Silver & ebony


4.36 cm (h) x 4.77 cm (w) x 1.29 cm (d)


14.7 g




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