Berber Necklace – Tamegroute, Draa Valley, Moroccoamazigh
Early 20th century. Old real moroccan amber, old red mediterranean coral, old amazonite beads, old black coral beads (Yemen), shells, venetian murrina bead, old glass beads. Whitout stands, the necklace is cm. 37,0 long (14.57″); with stands, cm. 80,0 (31.50). Grams 206,5 (7.28 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 end of the Roman Empire.
Many Berbers call themselves some variant of the word imazighen (singular: Amazigh), possibly meaning “free people” or “free and noble men”. Today, most Berber-speaking people live in Morocco and Algeria.