This high grade silver pendant from the mid 20th century is called a Tcherot, which means “letter” or “message” in the Touareg language.
It contains a sheet of paper on which some verses of the Koran are written.
It is worn as a protection from the evil eye, curses, diseases and also for good luck.
The Touareg are a nomadic people living in the western Sahara.
Their silversmiths are well known to produce beautiful jewellery using ancient techniques such as the lost wax method, forging and chiselling.