Head Adornments

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 […]

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 […]

Berber Headband – Tiznit, South Morocco

Berber Headband – Tiznit, South Morocco

Early to mid 20th century. Silver, enamel, old silver Morocco coins . The headband is cm. 97,5 in length (38.39″); the decorated part is cm. 26,5 (10.43″). Grams 135,4 (4.78 oz.). 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 […]

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