Moorish Anklets – KHAL KHAL – West Africa

Moorish Anklets – KHAL KHAL – West Africa

Mid 20th century. Aluminium, enamel. gr. 354,9 (12.52 oz.); cm. 9,7 width x cm. 9,0 high (3.82″ x 3.54″). The central talisman is cm. 6,0 x cm 5,8 (2.36″ x 2.28″). These anklets are worn by Moorish women during the dance of Guedra. The Guedra is a ritual dance of love, performed by women for benefit of men. It is a ballet of hands and feet: sometimes the dancer […]

Berber Necklace – Boghdad – South Morocco

Berber Necklace – Boghdad – South Morocco

Old silver Boghdad crosses, silver beads, Mediterranean coral. The necklace is cm. 52,8 long (20.79″). gr. 100,3 (3.54 oz.). Berbers are the indigenous ethnic group of North Africa. They are continuously distributed from the Atlantic to the Siwa oasis in Egypt, and from the Mediterranean to the Niger River. The name Berber appeared for the first time after the […]

Berber Pillow – Zemmour Tribe – Middle Atlas, Morocco

Berber Pillow – Zemmour Tribe – Middle Atlas, Morocco

Mid 20th century. Wool. Approximately cm. 44,0 x 42,5 (17.32” x 16.73”). This fabric has been professionally washed; excellent conditions. The Imazighen (singular Amazigh) also known as the Berbers are among the original peoples of North Africa. Their myths, legends and history span 9,000 years, back to the Proto-Mediterraneans. They have achieved unity by keeping up their unique language and […]

Traditional Balochi Dress – Afghanistan

Traditional Balochi Dress – Afghanistan

1970′. Handmade embroidery cotton. For the size, see photos n. 7. Baloch women put on loose dresses and pants with sophisticated and colourful needlework, including a large pocket at the front of the dress to hold their accessories. The upper part of the dress and sleeves are also decorated with needlework, a form of artistry […]

Frontal Parure – CHARWITA – Mauritania

Frontal Parure – CHARWITA – Mauritania

Mid 20th century. Shells (tafoun), agate, carnelian and glass beads. Old boghdad cross (gilden copper). Approx. cm. 19,0 width x cm. 6,5 high (7.48″ x 2.56″); gr. 127,8 (4.51 oz.). Before performing the dance of seduction (guedra), mauritanian women wear a parure embellished with different amulets. You can see a similar piece on: page 28-29 of “A World […]

Bamana Maternity – Mali

Bamana Maternity – Mali

Early to mid 20th. Wood. Approximately cm. 80,0 high (31.5”). Kg 4,18 (9.22 lb). Bambara Maternity Figure is intended to encourage fertility and to celebrate motherhood. The Bambara (or Bamana) are a Mandé people living in west Africa, primarily in Mali but also in Guinea, Burkina Faso and Senegal.

Kuba Raffia Cloth – BUSHOONG – DR Congo

Kuba Raffia Cloth – BUSHOONG – DR Congo

Raffia Vinifera fibers. Early to mid 20th century. Approximately cm. 84,0 x cm. 44,0 (33.07″ x 17.32″). The Kuba (or Bakuba) peoples are famous for producing beautiful fabrics made ​​from fibers of the palm Raphia Vinifera by a long and complex process that includes the participation of men, women and children belonging to the same family. Each piece must be soaked,beaten, and then worked and scraped by hand, so as to assume its typical characteristics of fine silk-like.

Kirdi Shield – Cameroon

Kirdi Shield – Cameroon

Cow hide cm. 70,0 high x cm. 41,0 width (27.56″ x 16.14″). This is a classic shield shaped from the Kirdi of Cameroon. Has a rectangular raised centre with a double compass design around. There are hundreds of bumps throughout the front, creating a textured sculptural object. The name of Kirdi – which in Arabic means […]

African Currency – TETELA / NKUTSHU – DR Congo

African Currency – TETELA / NKUTSHU – DR Congo

The piece is cm. 23,8 high (9.37″). Grams 320,0 (11.29 oz.) Copper bar with a bulge in the middle, circular section, extremities with punched designs. Produced by the Nkutshu living on the course of the river Lokenic. For a similar example see: “The Perfect Form”, by Roberto Ballarini, page 294. “African Currency”, by Adolfo Bartolomucci, […]

Headrest – HEMBA / LUBA – DR Congo

Headrest – HEMBA / LUBA – DR Congo

Early to mid 20th century. Wood, glass beads. Cm 30,0 high x cm. 13,5 width x cm. 5,5 deep (11.81′ x 5.31” x 2.17″). Grams 786 (27.73 oz) The Hemba people (or Eastern Luba) are an ethnic group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Hemba people live in villages, recognizing chiefs as their political […]

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