Antique Tuareg Chieftan Gris Gris Tcherot Talisman Necklace Necklace

Antique Tuareg Chieftan Gris Gris Tcherot Talisman Necklace

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This antique Tuareg Gris Gris Tcherot Chieftan Necklace was sourced directly from Tuareg descendants in Zagora, Morocco. Used to bring good luck while crossing the Sahara Desert, this traditional tribal necklace is worn by the chief to protect the caravan on their journey.

More than 100 years old, these particular necklaces are very difficult to find, especially with the intricate engraving so well preserved. Known as a Gris Gris Tuareg in Zagora and Tcherot in others, these lucky talismans even sometimes carried a message or paper with Q'uranic verses written on it.

The large silver melange pendant has raised levels, with extensive engraving and a pyramid with the traditional stacked metal and ebony design, topped with a ball. Subtle copper highlights mark each corner. On the back is the stamp of the maker. The cord is made from finely spun hand-knotted sheep's wool.

The Tuareg originate from Mali, Algeria and Libya, but after travelling the Sahara Desert, a small group settled in the southern Moroccan Zagora province. Silver Sahara sources all our Tuareg items directly from descendants of the original settlers, ensuring that fair prices are paid.

Details & Dimensions

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Early 20th century
Silver Melange & Copper, Wool
Necklace measures 44cm long (17in)
Pendant measures 12x11cm (5in)


All sales on Silver Sahara abide by fair trade principles, and benefit the native artisans to help ensure continuation of traditional craft techniques.

Handmade; please allow for minor imperfections and design variations. Please inquire with any questions or for more pictures.

Additional photos, information, and fascinating stories about this object are available upon request.