Ethnic Objects

Old Pair Weaving Stretchers – ADDADAT – 19th century – Berber – Morocco

Old Pair Weaving Stretchers – ADDADAT – 19th century – Berber – Morocco

Wood. Cm. 8,6 and cm. 9,5 high. Beautiful patina. These weaving stretchers were used to keep the fabric at a constant width during the work. 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 […]

Small Fine Tuareg Wallet – Tahoua Cross – Niger

Small Fine Tuareg Wallet – Tahoua Cross – Niger

1970′. Leather, silver Tahoua cross, grams 18,8 (0.66 oz). Each cross is cm. 7,3 x 5,0 (2.87” x 1.97”). The Tuareg live in one of the most inhospitable areas of the planet: the central part of the Sahara Desert. Their whole existence, difficult and precarious, is dominated by an overriding concern to protect and defend themselves from hostile supernatural forces that inhabit […]

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 […]

Gan Aluminium Amulet – Viper – Burkina Faso

Gan Aluminium Amulet – Viper – Burkina Faso

1970′. Cm. 12,3 width x 6,5 high (4.84 x 2.56″); Gr. 100,7 (3.55 oz.). Gan pieces in aluminium are quite rare. For more information and similar examples, “Bronzes gan – la spirale du serpent”, by Bertrand Goy and Maine Durieu, Editions Sépia – 2005, provides a close analysis of the Gan Bronzes, examining them both thematically and aesthetically. 1216 Please […]

Berber Talisman Wallet with Kitab Amulet – Guelmim Region, South Morocco

Berber Talisman Wallet with Kitab Amulet – Guelmim Region, South Morocco

Mid 20th century. Leather. The piece is approx. cm. 33,0 in lenght (12.99″). The metal amulet (Kitab) is cm 5,4 x cm 4,1 (2.13″ x 1.61”). 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 […]

Tuareg Leather Pillow – Niger

Tuareg Leather Pillow – Niger

Leather. Without fringes, approx. cm. 58,0 x 30,0 (22.83” x 11.81”). Authentic pillow made from colorful leather and applications that form traditional Tuareg geometric designs. You can easily fill it using any stuffing material. 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 […]

Tuareg Leather Bag – Mauritania

Tuareg Leather Bag – Mauritania

Camel hide, mirrows; approx. Without fringes, cm. 38,0 x 23,0 (14.96” x 9.06”). 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 Tuareg operated the trans-Saharan caravan […]

Tebu Knife – Libya

Tebu Knife – Libya

Early 20th century. Steel blade, leather and copper handle, hide scabbard. Cm. 38,0 in length (14.96″); the blade is cm. 24,7 in lenght (9.72″). Weight: grams 241,2 (8.51 oz.). The Toubou people have historically lived in northern Chad, northwestern Niger and southern Libya. The Toubou people are distributed across a large area in the central Sahara, as […]

CHAMBA Ritual Objet – Northen Cameroon

CHAMBA Ritual Objet – Northen Cameroon

Early to mid 20th century. Cm. 59,5 high x 15,0 width (23.43 x 5.91 Inches); grams 956 (33.65 oz.). The Chamba people have their own particular religious beliefs known as the Chamba religion. The traditional religion of the Chamba is premised on a creator solar God (Su) and ancestor spirits who live with this creator. […]

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