Bracelets & Anklets

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 […]

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). […]

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 […]

Pair Berber Bracelets – Guelmim, South Morocco

Pair Berber Bracelets – Guelmim, South Morocco

Early to mid 20th century. Silver, enamel gr. 65,6 (2.31 oz.); diameter cm. 7,2 (2.83″); inner diameter cm. 6,2 (2.44″). 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 the Garamantes, described by Herodotus. Tuareg are mostly nomads. For over two […]

Tuareg Bracelet – Niger

Tuareg Bracelet – Niger

Mid 20th century. Aluminium. Gr. 121,6 (4.29 oz); diameter cm. 8,7 (3.43″); inner diameter 5,8 (2.28″). 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 the Garamantes, described by Herodotus. Tuareg are mostly nomads. For over two millennia, the […]

Huge Fulani Anklet – Mali / Niger

Huge Fulani Anklet – Mali / Niger

Early 20th century. Bronze grams 1.187,4 (41.88 oz.). Cm. 15,0 high x cm. 12,8 width (5.91″ x 5.04″). Some cracks due to age and use. The back part has a missing part due to a break (see photos). Fulani, also called Peul or Fulbe , are scattered throughout many parts of West Africa, from Lake Chad, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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