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Large Morrocan Louha Amulet Pendant
Rare to find one of such a substantial size, this silver Morrocan Louha protective amulet is engraved with geometric and floral forms.
Louha amulets are shaped as a door or mihrab, a prayer niche. The mihrab, in particular, holds deep significance in Islam as it denotes the niche in a mosque's wall that indicates the direction of the Kaaba in Mecca, towards which Muslims turn during their daily prayers.
Amulets shaped like doors or mihrabs often serve as talismans or protective charms. They are believed to provide spiritual protection, ward off evil, and bring blessings to the wearer. The use of Islamic symbols, such as the mihrab, in amulet design underscores their role in safeguarding the wearer's faith and well-being.
The Louha amulet's intricate design and symbolism make it a valuable historical and cultural artifact. These amulets provide a tangible link to the spiritual and religious practices of the time when they were created. Collectors and enthusiasts of Islamic art and history prize such artifacts for their historical significance and aesthetic appeal.
The mihrab motif, in particular, represents a direct connection to Islamic architecture and religious devotion. It serves as a reminder of the centrality of Mecca in the lives of Muslims and their commitment to prayer and faith.
This rare piece can be displayed in your home or worn on a chain or beautiful corded ribbon.
From Morocco, most likely between 1920-1940.
Approximate size, 5.25” H x 2.75” W.
PROVENANCE: From the estate of Dr. Philip Gould, New York