African Tribal Art - Necklace, Djerba Island, Tunisia

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Cotbat or chichbaghou necklace
Djerba Island, Tunisia
Silver, enamel, glass, coral beads
15.25" (38.7 cm) long, pendant is 6" (15.2 cm) long by 2.75" (7 cm) wide
Late 19th to early 20th century
This is an unusual pendant called a cotbat, which takes the triangular form of Tanit, one of the original goddesses of Carthage, Tunisia. With fine enamel work on both sides, it is set with glass and has eleven khamsas dangling from the bottom edge, blessing the wearer with protection. There is a small area of enamel loss - see photos. For reference, see page 45 of Les Bijoux de Tunisie, 2005, Dunes Editions, Tunis.


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