Ethnic Jewels

Moorish Anklets – KHAL KHAL – West Africa

Moorish Anklets – KHAL KHAL – West Africa

Mid 20th century. Aluminium, enamel. gr. 354,9 (12.52 oz.); cm. 9,7 width x cm. 9,0 high (3.82″ x 3.54″). The central talisman is cm. 6,0 x cm 5,8 (2.36″ x 2.28″). These anklets are worn by Moorish women during the dance of Guedra. The Guedra is a ritual dance of love, performed by women for benefit of men. It is a ballet of hands and feet: sometimes the dancer […]

Berber Necklace – Boghdad – South Morocco

Berber Necklace – Boghdad – South Morocco

Old silver Boghdad crosses, silver beads, Mediterranean coral. The necklace is cm. 52,8 long (20.79″). gr. 100,3 (3.54 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 […]

Frontal Parure – CHARWITA – Mauritania

Frontal Parure – CHARWITA – Mauritania

Mid 20th century. Shells (tafoun), agate, carnelian and glass beads. Old boghdad cross (gilden copper). Approx. cm. 19,0 width x cm. 6,5 high (7.48″ x 2.56″); gr. 127,8 (4.51 oz.). Before performing the dance of seduction (guedra), mauritanian women wear a parure embellished with different amulets. You can see a similar piece on: page 28-29 of “A World […]

Berber Necklace – Dades Valley, Morocco

Berber Necklace – Dades Valley, Morocco

Mid 20th century. Old maroccan silver coins (19th century), old glass beads. The necklace is cm. 47,5 long (18.70″); grams 94,2 (3.32 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 […]

Large Berber Earrings – Tiznit, Morocco

Large Berber Earrings – Tiznit, Morocco

Early 20th century. Silver, glass grams 59,7 (2.11 oz); cm. 11,0 high x cm. 7,2 width (4.33″ x 2.83”). 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 unity by keeping up their unique language and culture […]

Bone Beads Chaplet – Tasbih – Mali

Bone Beads Chaplet – Tasbih – Mali

N. 100 bone beads; diameter cm. 1,0 (0.39″). The tasbih is cm 64,0 in length (25.20″). Grams 123,0 (4.34 oz.). Perfect conditions. The chaplet is worn as necklace or as bracelet, but it’s also instrument of prayer, similar to the rosary. Please share this content if you like it:

Child Headdress – Himba Tribe – Kunene Region (Kaokoland), Namibia

Child Headdress – Himba Tribe – Kunene Region (Kaokoland), Namibia

Vegetable fibres, glass beads, shells, “otjize” paste. Approx. cm. 37,0 high (14.57″). Grams 368,6 (13.0 oz.). The Himba (or OvaHimba) are indigenous peoples living in northern Namibia, in the Kunene Region (formerly Kaokoland) and on the other side of the Kunene River in Angola. The Himba are considered the last (semi-) nomadic, pastoralist people of […]

Pair Moorish/Berber Hinged Bracelets – MIZAM – Mauritania/South Morocco

Pair Moorish/Berber Hinged Bracelets – MIZAM – Mauritania/South Morocco

Mid 20th century. Silver. Gr. 192,0 (6.77 oz.); diameter cm. 7,8 (3.07″), inner diameter cm. 6,0 (2.36″). For similar examples: “Spledeurs du Maroc”, Africa Museum, Tervuren (p. 329); “Africa Adorned”, by Angela Fisher (p. 220); “Bijoux du Maroc”, Jacques et Marie-Rose Rabaté (p. 191); “A Word of Bracelets”, by Anne van Cutsem, Skira (p. 34). […]

Talismanic Berber Ring – Magic Square – Morocco

Talismanic Berber Ring – Magic Square – Morocco

Early to mid 20th century. Silver. Cm. 2,3 high (0.91) ; cm. 2,5 width (0.98”); inner diameter cm. 2,2 (0.87”); US size 11.50. Gr. 17,2 (0.61 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 […]

Berber Hinged Bracelet – Guelmim, South Morocco

Berber Hinged Bracelet – Guelmim, South Morocco

Mid 20th century. Silver, enamel. Grams 52,6 (1.86 oz.); diameter cm. 6,2 (2.44″), inner diameter cm. 5,6 (2.20″). 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 unity by keeping up their […]

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