Ethnic Jewels

Gan Bronze Necklace – Snake – Burkina Faso

20th century. Bronze, agate, carnelian and glazed terracotta beads. The necklace is cm. 42,0 in length (16.54"). The snake is Cm. 7,4 high x 12,9 width (2.91" x 5.08"); Gr. 197,0 (6.95 oz.). Lost-wax casting. The mold is destroyed every time; every object is a unique piece. For more information and similar examples, “Bronzes gan - la...

Outstanding Old Large Berber Earrings – Ouarzazate Region, Morocco

End 19th century or early 20th century. Silver, glass, traces of paint; gr 35,2 (1.03 oz); cm. 11,5 high (4.13”). Excellent conditins. The Imazighen (singular Amazigh) also known as the Berbers are among the original peoples of North Africa. Their myths, legends and history span 9,000 years, back to the Proto-Mediterraneans. They have achieved...

Fine Tuareg Talismanic Ring – Niger

1980'. Silver – grams 16,0 (0.56 oz.); cm. 3,8 high x cm. 2,8 width (1.50" x 1.10"); inner diameter cm. 2,1 (0.83 inches). The Tuareg people inhabit a large area, covering almost all the middle and western Sahara and the north-central Sahel. They are probably descended from the ancient Libyan people of the kingdom of...

Old Pair Berber Fibulae – TIZERZAI – Tiznit Region, South Morocco

Early to mid 20th century. Siver. Each fibulae is cm 19,5 x cm. 11,0 (7.67" x 4.33"). Gr. 178,4 (6.29 oz.). Essential feminine embellishment, the tizerzai are taken in pairs to close the coat. For more information and similar examples: pages 251-252 of “Splendeurs du Maroc”, Africa Museum Tervuren pages 28-29 of “Bijoux du...