Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Africa
  • amulet, late 1800s–2007
  • Where object was made: Northern Africa
  • leather, string, embossing, braiding
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 44 x 11 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 17 5/16 x 4 5/16 x 1 1/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0300

This is a small leather rectangular object with no opening. The rectangle has thickness and has whipstitched seams on all four sides. The top has two twisted string loops, presumably attached to the two leather buttons on the front of the amulet. The loops attach to a strap of the same twisted string encased in braided leather with leather buttons at each end. The decorated front of the amulet has incised designs in three concentric rectangles. The innermost rectangle has two dark triangles. The next rectangle has cross hatched markings on the long sides which are dyed a darker color. The outermost rectangle has oblique lines on the long sides, and the shorter sides are dark, one with concentric trapezoids and the other with convergent lines. The back is undecorated.