Ethnic Jewels

Large Tuareg Hoggar Talisman – TERAOUT – Algeria

Large Tuareg Hoggar Talisman – TERAOUT – Algeria

Silver on iron sheet. The pectoral is cm. 27,0 high x cm. 25,0; the temporal parure are cm. 20,0 x cm. 7,5. Grams 390. These embossed pectorals Tera (singular: Teraout) are particularly appreciated by Tuareg Hoggar-Tassili women. They consist of an assembly in several flat triangular plates, coated with a plate of ordinary metal, which […]

Himba Necklace – Kunene Region (Kaokoland), Namibia

Himba Necklace – Kunene Region (Kaokoland), Namibia

Shell, leather, iron beads, seeds, brass. Whitout the strings, cm. 44,0 in length (17.32″). Grams 363,6 (12.83 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 […]

Himba Men’s Belt – Kunene Region (Kaokoland), Namibia

Himba Men’s Belt – Kunene Region (Kaokoland), Namibia

Leather. Cm. 90,0 in lenght (35.43″). 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 Namibia. Hairstyle and jewelry play a significant role among the OvaHimba, […]

Old Pair Berber Bracelets – Ait Atta Tribe – Morocco

Old Pair Berber Bracelets – Ait Atta Tribe – Morocco

Early to mid 20th century. Tribal metal grams 468,4 (16.52 oz.); diameter cm. 8,0 (3.15″), inner diameter cm. 6,0 (2.36″). 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 sons of their common ancestor Dadda Atta: these “fifths” […]

Old Pair Ivory Bracelets – Mali

Old Pair Ivory Bracelets – Mali

Bracelet n. 1: max diameter cm. 7,4; inner diameter cm. 5,9; grams 18,0 Bracelet n. 2: max diameter cm. 7,6; inner diameter cm. 6,2; grams 19,3 Wonderful pink patina. Former tuscan private collection (Grassi Family). Collected in Mali in 40′. Please share this content if you like it:

Turkoman Gilded Silver Headband – Central Asia

Turkoman Gilded Silver Headband – Central Asia

Late 19th – early 20th century. Gilded Silver, cornalian eye-shaped beads. Cm. 12,0 high x cm. 48,0 width (4.72″ x 18,9″). Gr. 273,3 (9.64 oz.). The Turkmen were pastoral nomads who lived in encampments, raised livestock, bred horses. In order to ensure year-round green pastures for their animals, the tribes moved two or three times a […]

Old Pair Ivory Bracelets – Mali

Old Pair Ivory Bracelets – Mali

Bracelet n. 1: max diameter cm. 8,0; inner diameter cm. 6,8; grams 14,0 Bracelet n. 2: max diameter cm. 8,3; inner diameter cm. 7,5; grams 13,0 Wonderful pink patina. Former tuscan private collection (Grassi Family). Collected in Mali in 40′. Please share this content if you like it:

Turkana Fighting Finger Knife – Ngigolio – Kenya

Turkana Fighting Finger Knife – Ngigolio – Kenya

Mid 20th century. Hand wrought iron and copper wire. Cm. 6,9 high x cm. 4,3 width (2.72″ x 1.69″); grams 26,8 (0.95 oz.). “The Turkana are the finest fighting men in East Africa”, so, without so many preambles, Mr. Crampton defined his subjects when he was appointed a politacal officer in Turkanaland. He is echoed by […]

Chaplet – Tasbih – Morocco

Chaplet – Tasbih – Morocco

Early to mid 20th century. Wood. Cm 38,5 in length (15.6″) ; gr. 71,8 (2.53 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, and from the […]

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