African Peoples

The Amulet

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

This amulet in the shape of shackles is from the Lobi tribe of West Africa. The Lobi were a migratory people that traveled from Ghana to Burkina Faso to the Ivory Coast. They designed amulets as a source of power and protection. This amulet was used for protection against capture and enslavement.