|Title||Tuareg Small Tcherot Hindged Pendant Leather Mali African|
|Materials||leather wrapped over metal pendant; aluminum decoration (unknown metal content)|
|Approximate Age||20th century|
|Overall Condition||Fair. Some of our beads have traveled at least three continents, and have graced numerous owners. Small chips, corrosion, and pitting are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.|
|Damage/Repair||Split leather, missing decor, oxidation, dirt.|
|Pendant Size||2 x 2inches. See picture with penny for size comparison (US penny is 19 mm diameter).|
Additional information: For more information, please see our comprehensive guide to African-made beads, African Beads: Jewels of a Continent, hardcover, 216 pages, 163 color photographs, available from Africa Direct.
Tuareg talisman boxes or "Tcherots" were worn on necklaces by Tuareg women and on Tuareg men's turbans. They contain verses of the Quran and were worn as protective amulets, for fertility and for strength. Tuareg girls are given Tcherots by their mother when they reach the age of seventeen.
The Tuareg are a nomadic people of Niger and surrounding countries. They are tall, and a Tuareg woman can pack an entire household on a camel in two hours. Their skin is blue-black, from the indigo rubbed into cloths wrapped around their faces to keep out the desert sun and sand.