Ethnic Jewels

Berber Necklace – Gilded Silver Filigree – Mauritania

Berber Necklace – Gilded Silver Filigree – Mauritania

  20th century. Gilded silver filigree. The necklace is cm. 45,0 long (17,72″).  gr. 34,8 (1.23 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 […]

Pair Berber Bracelets – Ait Atta Tribe – Morocco

Pair Berber Bracelets – Ait Atta Tribe – Morocco

19th century. Tribal Metal gr. 658,0 (23.21 oz.). The bracelets with the tips are cm. 8,5 width x cm. 3,5 high (3.35″ x  1.38″); inner diameter cm. 6,2 (2.44″). The Ait Atta are a large Berber tribal confederation of South eastern Morocco. They are divided into “five fifths” (khams khmas), all said to descend from the forty […]

Armlet – Sarakole / Soninke People – Mali

Armlet – Sarakole / Soninke People – Mali

Mid 20th century. Aluminum, enamel. Gr. 47,0 (1.65 oz); outer diameter cm 9,2 (3.62 “), inner diameter cm 7,9 (3.11”). The Sarakolé (also called Soninke) are a Mandé people who descend from the Bafour and are closely related to the Imraguen of Mauritania. They were the founders of the ancient empire of Ghana c. 750-1240 […]

Bracelet – Sarakole / Soninke People – Mali

Bracelet – Sarakole / Soninke People – Mali

Silver, copper. Grams 138,7 (4.89 oz); outer diameter cm 7,4 (2.91″), inner diameter cm 5,5 (2.16″). The Sarakolé (also called Soninke) are a Mandé people who descend from the Bafour and are closely related to the Imraguen of Mauritania. They were the founders of the ancient empire of Ghana c. 750-1240 CE. Sarakolé people today […]

Massive Ring – Fulani Peul Fulbe – Mali

Massive Ring – Fulani Peul Fulbe – Mali

Early to mid 20th century – Silver gr. 85,6 (0.80 oz); cm. 4,5 high x cm. 4,8 width (1.29”). Inner diameter cm. 2,0 (0.74″); US size 9.0. These rings were used by men and women, like hair decorations, necklaces, pendants, rings for fingers and currency. Jewels are also a form of savings, available in times of economic crisis in nomadic society. Fulani, also called Peul or Fulbe , a primarily Muslim people scattered throughout many parts of West Africa, from Lake Chad, […]

Pair Berber Fibulae – Tiznit, South Morocco

Pair Berber Fibulae – Tiznit, South Morocco

Early to mid 20th century. Silver, enamel grams 240,3 (8.47″ oz.). The piece is cm. 74,0 in lenght (29.13″); each fibulae is cm 14,2 x cm. 9,0 (5.59″ x 3.54″). Essential feminine embellishment, the tizerzai are taken in pairs to close the coat. Beautiful pair. For more information and similar examples: “Tiserai – The Fibule Au Maroc”, by Ileana Marchesani, Franco D’Alessandro and Meriem Otmani […]

Fine Chaplet – Tasbih – Mauritania

Fine Chaplet – Tasbih – Mauritania

  Silver beads, carnelian, agate, glass beads, silk, cotton. Cm 50,0 in length (19.68″) ; gr. 174,5 (6.15 oz.). The chaplet is worn as necklace or as bracelet, but it’s also instrument of prayer, similar to the rosary. Berbers are the indigenous ethnic group of North Africa. They are continuously distributed from the Atlantic to the Siwa oasis in Egypt, […]

Berber Necklace – Oujda, North Marocco

Berber Necklace – Oujda, North Marocco

Old moroccan coins (1 Franc – Empire Cherifien), 5 amulet (brass studs, glass beads, shells on leather). The nacklace is cm. 67,5 long (26.57″). Gr. 227,9 (8.03 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 […]

Himba Anklets – Kunene Region (Kaokoland), Namibia

Himba Anklets – Kunene Region (Kaokoland), Namibia

HimbaLeather, iron beads. Cm. 10,0 high x cm. 11,5 width (3.93″ x 4.52″). Grams 1.414,0 (49.87 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 […]

Berber Temporal Parure – Jebl Bani Region, South Morocco

Berber Temporal Parure – Jebl Bani Region, South Morocco

1960′. Shells on leather grams 275,4 (3.07 oz.); cm. 19,0 high (2.95″ x 2.16″). Rare item. For a similar example see: “A World of Head Ornaments “, by Anne van Cutsem, p. 30. 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 […]

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