A Triangular Moroccan Drum
with a Hamsa Design

This Moroccan drum is layered with apotropaic symbolism. Drums are often used to ward of demons, so we can assume that this was an intended function of the drum. Triangular shapes are often used as apotropaions and the drum features the well known hamsa, or Hand of Fatima, on one side and a form of Berber Cross on the other. It also has what appears to be lizards on the Berber Cross side. These are apotropaic as well.

This drum was photographed in the Moroccan crafts store Marrakech Express. I am extremely grateful to them for letting me photograph everything in their store.
This item has since been sold.


The Marrakech Express Collection

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