Berber Talisman Wallet with Kitab Amulet – Guelmim Region, South Moroccoamazigh
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 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.