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hijab (men's amulet)
  • unknown Hawazma maker
  • hijab (men's amulet), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Khartoum, Al Kharţoum, Sudan
  • leather
  • Object Height/Diameter: 3 x 11.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 1 1/8 x 4 1/2 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • On view: 20/21 Gallery, 405, Metal Drawer 3
  • 2007.0862
Label Text

This is a dark brown leather amulet made of two leather straps attached to a leather cylinder.

It was worn by men on the upper arm and contains verses from the Quran. Probably all men had some, but some men had several. Some men would wear several on a string around their waists. The verses would be significant to the man wearing the amulet or they could have been used when a man was sick. He would buy one that would be specific to his needs. This is a men's amulet, but babies and women would also wear amulets. The paper could be either printed or specially hand written by a feki (religious adviser), who may have been someone from outside the camp, sometimes Fulani.