Talhakimt, Senegal


Transferred from the Wellcome Institute in 1985; 1985.52.1700
Shaped like an arrowhead fixed to a ring, this talhakimt was purchased in Dakar, the capital city of Senegal, West Africa. Talhakimt are derived from Indian carnelian finger rings. In the early 20th century they were mass produced in factories in India, Germany, France, Italy, and Czechoslovakia and exported to West Africa, where they were sold at street markets.
This one is made of pressed glass, but talhakimt were also made of agate and celluloid plastic, and came in red, green, yellow, and white as well as blue. They were used as protective amulets and fertility charms, and were worn on necklaces and as hair ornaments.

Artisans of Memory

Behind the scenes of an amulets project

This series of short films follows the progress and practices of those connected with the Small Blessings project as they unravel the stories surrounding these curious objects.

The full series of films may be viewed here.


Amulets Competition

The competition is now closed and a winner has been announced. Find out more here.

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