Berber Necklace – Gilded Silver Filigree – Mauritania

Berber Necklace – Gilded Silver Filigree – Mauritania

  20th century. Gilded silver filigree. The necklace is cm. 45,0 long (17,72″).  gr. 34,8 (1.23 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 […]

Pair Berber Bracelets – Ait Atta Tribe – Morocco

Pair Berber Bracelets – Ait Atta Tribe – Morocco

19th century. Tribal Metal gr. 658,0 (23.21 oz.). The bracelets with the tips are cm. 8,5 width x cm. 3,5 high (3.35″ x  1.38″); inner diameter cm. 6,2 (2.44″). The Ait Atta are a large Berber tribal confederation of South eastern Morocco. They are divided into “five fifths” (khams khmas), all said to descend from the forty […]

Djerma Fabric – Man’s Robe – Niger

Djerma Fabric – Man’s Robe – Niger

1970′. Cotton. Fabric made from 7 strips sewn together. Cm. 220,0 high x cm. 120 width (86.61″ x 47.24″). For similar example see page 43 of  “African Textiles: color and creativity across a continent” by John Gillow. The Djerma live in the arid lands of the Sahel. Many live in the Niger River valley and exploit […]

Massive Torque Necklace – TEKE Tribe – DR Congo

Massive Torque Necklace – TEKE Tribe – DR Congo

Brass. Early to mid 20th century. Cm. 25,7 high x 22,8 width (10.11 x 8.97 Inches); grams 2.368,0 (83.52 oz.). The Teke people are a Bantu Central African ethnic group. The name of the tribe shows what the occupation of the tribe was: trading. The word teke means ‘to buy’. The economy of the Teke […]

Ring Talisman – HRKMO – Axum, Tigray Region, North Ethiopia

Ring Talisman – HRKMO – Axum, Tigray Region, North Ethiopia

Mid 20th century. Silver alloy with gold wash; gr. 54,9 (1.93 oz.); diameter cm. 3,2 high (1.25″); cm. 0,9 depth (0.35″). Excellent conditions. These elaborate heavy rings are Christians talismans. They are worn as pendant and are symbols of prestige. Axum was the center of the marine trading power known as the Aksumite Kingdom, which predated the earliest mentions in […]

Armlet – Sarakole / Soninke People – Mali

Armlet – Sarakole / Soninke People – Mali

Mid 20th century. Aluminum, enamel. Gr. 47,0 (1.65 oz); outer diameter cm 9,2 (3.62 “), inner diameter cm 7,9 (3.11”). The Sarakolé (also called Soninke) are a Mandé people who descend from the Bafour and are closely related to the Imraguen of Mauritania. They were the founders of the ancient empire of Ghana c. 750-1240 […]

Coptic Cross – Northen Ethiopia

Coptic Cross – Northen Ethiopia

Silver. Cm. 5,0 x cm. 3,9 (1.96 x 1.53 Inches); gr. 10,2 (0.35 oz.). Excellent condition. Pendant crosses are received at baptism and worn around the neck as their owner’s most prized possession, a talisman and symbol of faith combined. Sold

Tuareg Leather Box – DAGABAT – Agadez Region, Niger

Tuareg Leather Box – DAGABAT – Agadez Region, Niger

Camel knee’s leather, henna. Cm. 7,4 high x cm. 10,5 width (2.91″ x 4.13″). A Tuareg box known as “dagabat” from the region around Agadez in Niger. Tuareg women stretch wet vellum over clay forms to make the dagabat and trim the excess leather before tying them up and sitting them out to dry.  Once dry cotton string dipped […]

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