Amazigh Collection

Fine Mahongwe Reliquary Figure – KOTA BWETE – Gabon

Fine Mahongwe Reliquary Figure – KOTA BWETE – Gabon

Mid 20th century. Wood sheathed in brass, copper strips. Cm. 54,0 high (cm. 57,5 high on the wooden base); kg 1,7. The Mahongwe practice an ancestor cult that was at the center of a system of beliefs and rites and ancestor worship formed the core of the family group’s religious and social life. Figures like […]

Banda Throwing Knife “Ondo” –YAKPA / WADA  Tribe – DR Congo

Banda Throwing Knife “Ondo” –YAKPA / WADA Tribe – DR Congo

Around 1920 – Very good condition. Cleansed metal with some corrosion stains here and there. Deep engravings on the blade. Lizard skin on a raffia net. High: cm. 44,5. Weigh: 344,4 grams The YAKPA and the WADA are peoples who belong to the BANDA ethnic group. Their big speciality was the engraving of their weapons, […]

Headdress – Mursi Tribe, Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia

Headdress – Mursi Tribe, Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia

Headdresses are made out of animal bone and leather cow hide. It is both a decoration and an object intimidation for neighboring enemies. The Mursi are a Nilotic pastoralist ethnic group in the Ethiopian Empire. According to the 2007 national census, there are 7,500 Mursi. Surrounded by mountains between the Omo River and its tributary the […]

Berber Bag – ZAABOULA – Rif Mountain, North Morocco

Berber Bag – ZAABOULA – Rif Mountain, North Morocco

  Approx. cm. 28,5 high  x cm. 33,0 width. With fringes the bag is approx. cm. 59 long. Beautiful piece.   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 […]

Tuareg Veil Weights – ASSROU N’ SWOUL – MaliTuareg Veil Weights – ASSROU N’ SWOUL – Mali

Tuareg Veil Weights – ASSROU N’ SWOUL – MaliTuareg Veil Weights – ASSROU N’ SWOUL – Mali

Geometric layers of brass, copper and ebony. Cm. 30,0 high x cm. 9,0 width; gr. 226,6. A genuine Tuareg veil weight known as ” assrou n’ swoul “, generally translated as ” the key which is thrown over the shoulder “. This elaborate key-like pendant is often worn by wealthier women as a counterweight to keep their head-cloths or robes from […]

Berber Anklet – Fez, Morocco

Berber Anklet – Fez, Morocco

Early 20th century. Silver gr. 184,5 (6.52 oz.). Cm. 5,5 high x cm. 8,2 width. Probably the best expression Moroccan jewelery, these elaborate anklets were worn by women of higher social status. For more informations and similar examples: pages 47-52 of by Jacques and Marie-Rose Rabaté, Edisud / Le Fennec; page 19 of “A World […]

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