Berber Necklace – Bani Region, Moroccoamazigh
Mid 20th century; gr. 79,4 (2.80 oz.). Coins in braided leather:
- n. 2 pieces 1 franc – Napoleon III 1868 (silver .835, gr. 5,0, diameter mm 23);
- n. 2 pieces ½ Rial (5 Dirhams) 1329 (1911), Morocco (silver .835, diameter mm 24);
- n. 4 pieces 1/4 Rial (2,5 Dirhams) 1312-1321 (1894-1903), Morocco (silver .835, gr. 6,5, diameter mm 24);
- n. 2 pieces 2 Francs Republique Francaise 1871-1895 (silver, diameter mm 27)
An expression of tribal identity and of social status of the woman who wears them, jewels are also a form of savings, available in times of economic crisis in rural society. 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 end of the Roman Empire.