Tuareg Hand of Fatima – KHOMISSAR – Mali

Tuareg Hand of Fatima – KHOMISSAR – Mali

Shell on leather. Cm. 13,0 width x cm. 8,0 high x cm. 2,2 depht (5.12″ x 3.15″ x 0.87″). Gr. 87,0 (3.07 oz). The Khomissar, in the form of a stylized hand, is believed to ward off the evil eye and, being made of shells, doubles as a fertility symbol. 417  

Gan Aluminium Amulet – Viper – Burkina Faso

Gan Aluminium Amulet – Viper – Burkina Faso

1970′. Cm. 12,3 width x 6,5 high (4.84 x 2.56″); Gr. 100,7 (3.55 oz.). Gan pieces in aluminium are quite rare. For more information and similar examples, “Bronzes gan – la spirale du serpent”, by Bertrand Goy and Maine Durieu, Editions Sépia – 2005, provides a close analysis of the Gan Bronzes, examining them both thematically and aesthetically. 1216

Berber Talisman Wallet with Kitab Amulet – Guelmim Region, South Morocco

Berber Talisman Wallet with Kitab Amulet – Guelmim Region, South Morocco

Mid 20th century. Leather. The piece is approx. cm. 33,0 in lenght (12.99″). The metal amulet (Kitab) is cm 5,4 x cm 4,1 (2.13″ x 1.61”). 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 […]

Chaplet – Tasbih – Morocco

Chaplet – Tasbih – Morocco

Early to mid 20th century. Wood. Cm 38,5 in length (15.6″) ; gr. 71,8 (2.53 oz.). The chaplet is worn as necklace or as bracelet, but it’s also instrument of prayer, similar to the rosary. 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 […]

Kuba Ngende Cloth Ceremonial Over Skirt – DR Congo

Kuba Ngende Cloth Ceremonial Over Skirt – DR Congo

Mid 20th century. Raffia Vinifera fibers. Approximately cm. 480,0 x 90,0  (188.98″ x 35.43″). Ceremonial wraparound skirt from Kuba Ngende worn by the village chief or title holder at festivities and ceremonies. Only they are allowed to wear the texile with pattern blocks (matweemy). The Kuba (or Bakuba) peoples are famous for producing beautiful fabrics (Ntchaks) ​​from fibers of the palm Raphia Vinifera. It is tough material, difficult to work with. […]

Berber Head Adornments – Guelmim Region, South Morocco

Berber Head Adornments – Guelmim Region, South Morocco

Agate and carnelian rings (tanfouk), shells (tafoun), metal gilded beads, glass beads. Approx. cm. 65,0 high (25.59″); gr. 320,0 (11,29 oz.). 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 […]

Old Berber Babouche – High Atlas, Morocco

Old Berber Babouche – High Atlas, Morocco

Mid 20th century or earlier. Leather, silk. Cm. 24,5 high x cm. 11,0 width (9.65″ x 4.33”). 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 […]

Pair Fibulae – TIZERZAI – Tiznit Region, South Morocco

Pair Fibulae – TIZERZAI – Tiznit Region, South Morocco

Mid 20th century. Tribal metal, glass, paint. The piece is cm 88,0 in lenght (34.65″); each fibulae is cm 15,0 x cm. 4,5 (5.91″ x 1.77″). Gr. 187,8 (6.62 oz.). Essential feminine embellishment, the tizerzai are taken in pairs to close the coat. For more information and similar examples: pages 251-252 of “Splendeurs du Maroc”, Africa Museum Tervuren pages 28-29 of “Bijoux du Maroc”, by Jacques and Marie-Rose […]

Old Berber Women’s Coat – Tamizart – Zaiane Tribe, Middle Atlas, Morocco

Old Berber Women’s Coat – Tamizart – Zaiane Tribe, Middle Atlas, Morocco

Mid 20th century. Wool. Approximately cm. 187,0 x 117,0 (6.14 x 3.84 Feet). This coat has been professionally washed; perfect 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 […]

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