Finely etched and stamped 80% silver or higher inlaid vintage with glass cabochons
Measure approx. 5" x 3 1/2"
Central Anti-Atlas Mountain Area, Morocco
Tanit was a Punic and Phoenician Goddess, the Protector Deity of Carthage alongside her consort Baal-Hamon. Over centuries, she was also adopted by the Berber People of Morocco.
Goddess Tanit is also called Tinnit, Tannou, or Tangou. Her name appears to have originated in Carthage (modern day Tunisia), though it does not appear in local Theophorous names. She was equivalent to the Moon Goddess Astarte, and later worshipped in Roman Carthage in her Romanized form as Dea Caelestis, Juno Caelestis, or simply Caelestis.
In modern-day Tunisian Arabic, it is customary to invoke Omek Tannou or Oumouk Tangou ('Mother Tannou' or 'Mother Tangou'), depending on the region), in years of drought to bring rain.
In North Africa, where the inscriptions and material remains are more plentiful, She was, as well as a consort of Baal-Hamon, a Heavenly Goddess of War, a "VIrginal" (unmarried) Mother Goddess and Nurse, and, less specifically, a symbol of Fertility, as are most female forms.