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Monika Ettlin
Monika Ettlin • 2 years ago

Africa | Man's necklace with amulets, Tuareg people | mid-20th century | Amulets, or personal protective objects, are worn by Tuareg men and women as protection against natural and supernatural forces. They may contain pieces of paper with verses from the Koran, the Islamic Holy book

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Africa | Man's amulet. Moor people. ca. 1940-70. Leather and silver. | Amulets, or personal protective objects, are worn by Tuareg men and women as protection against natural and supernatural forces. They may contain pieces of paper with verses from the Koran, the Islamic Holy book. Tuareg women tan, dye and sew all leather items while men make metal objects.

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