Amulet (dugaagad)

Somali artist, Mogadishu, Somalia1900/1930

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
Washington, DC, United States

On ceremonial occasions women often wear gold amulet jewelry not necessarily for protection but as a symbol of status. While silver is the preferred metal of eastern Africa gold is often used by people who can afford it.

There were a wide variety of bracelets common in Eastern Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. They can be hollow or solid and multiple are often worn at one time to create musical sounds as the wearer walks.


  • Title: Amulet (dugaagad)
  • Creator: Somali artist, Mogadishu, Somalia
  • Date Created: 1900/1930
  • Provenance: Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center
  • Subject Keywords: jewelry, bracelet, Oman, Africa
  • Medium: Silver Alloy

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