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East Africa Art

Feb 25 '13
Tubular silver porte Koran (xirsi) with dangles/bells attached on chains suspended from a necklace of amber, agate, ivory and silver beads, 18th century
Gallery notes:
Married Somali women collected lavish jewelry to demonstrate personal wealth and economic independence. In addition to its opulence, this elaborate necklace provides the wearer with protection from disease and the evil eye, both from the amber beads and the koranic script inserted into the tubular pendant (porte Koran), known as a xirsi, or “protection.” Amber has an ancient reputation as a medicinal and spiritually protective substance, perhaps because rubbing amber produces an electrical charge. Amber, copal and other yellow or red stones, such as red agate and carnelian, are seen as having similar prophylactic and healing properties.

Tubular silver porte Koran (xirsi) with dangles/bells attached on chains suspended from a necklace of amber, agate, ivory and silver beads, 18th century

Gallery notes:

Married Somali women collected lavish jewelry to demonstrate personal wealth and economic independence. In addition to its opulence, this elaborate necklace provides the wearer with protection from disease and the evil eye, both from the amber beads and the koranic script inserted into the tubular pendant (porte Koran), known as a xirsi, or “protection.” Amber has an ancient reputation as a medicinal and spiritually protective substance, perhaps because rubbing amber produces an electrical charge. Amber, copal and other yellow or red stones, such as red agate and carnelian, are seen as having similar prophylactic and healing properties.

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    This really looks like Touareg jewellery
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    I have a Moroccan necklace very similar to this and it broke and I want to get it fixed so badly. They’re so beautiful.
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    My grandpa got me something like this
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    looks a lot like yemenite jewelry
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