Multi strand black leather necklace with three tassels. Has a silver pyramidal shaped pendant with a flat back. Looks like a step pyramid with a diamond shape in center with engraving design around it. Silver ball on the center of the diamond shape.

Amulet (tcherot), 20th century

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Tuareg men and women wear metal amulets containing Qur’anic verses and other protective messages suspended from cords around their necks. The large example is especially rare because of an inscription incised on the outside in Tifinar script, which is related to ancient Libyan scripts dating to 150 BCE (See photo). The inscription, whose letters are made of lines, circles, and dots, reads from right to left and transcribes as NK SDLMQTR XLYFA. It means, “I am Mr. Lmqtar Khalifa,” likely referring to a previous owner

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Amulet (tcherot)
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Artist
Accession Number
91.141.11
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Multi strand black leather necklace with three tassels. Has a silver pyramidal shaped pendant with a flat back. Looks like a step pyramid with a diamond shape in center with engraving design around it. Silver ball on the center of the diamond shape.