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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 […]

Djerma Fabric – Man’s Robe – Niger

Djerma Fabric – Man’s Robe – Niger

1970′. Cotton. Fabric made from 7 strips sewn together. Cm. 220,0 high x cm. 120 width (86.61″ x 47.24″). For similar example see page 43 of  “African Textiles: color and creativity across a continent” by John Gillow. The Djerma live in the arid lands of the Sahel. Many live in the Niger River valley and exploit […]

Massive Torque Necklace – TEKE Tribe – DR Congo

Massive Torque Necklace – TEKE Tribe – DR Congo

Brass. Early to mid 20th century. Cm. 25,7 high x 22,8 width (10.11 x 8.97 Inches); grams 2.368,0 (83.52 oz.). The Teke people are a Bantu Central African ethnic group. The name of the tribe shows what the occupation of the tribe was: trading. The word teke means ‘to buy’. The economy of the Teke […]

Ring Talisman – HRKMO – Axum, Tigray Region, North Ethiopia

Ring Talisman – HRKMO – Axum, Tigray Region, North Ethiopia

Mid 20th century. Silver alloy with gold wash; gr. 54,9 (1.93 oz.); diameter cm. 3,2 high (1.25″); cm. 0,9 depth (0.35″). Excellent conditions. These elaborate heavy rings are Christians talismans. They are worn as pendant and are symbols of prestige. Axum was the center of the marine trading power known as the Aksumite Kingdom, which predated the earliest mentions in […]

4 African Currency – Child Size – West Africa

4 African Currency – Child Size – West Africa

Early to mid 20th century. n. 1 – Tuareg. Bronze, grams 110,8. Outer diameter cm. 7,0; inner diameter cm. 5,2. n. 2 – Tuareg. Brass, grams 141,7. Outer diameter cm. 7,0; inner diameter cm. 5,0. n. 3 – Ashanti. Bronze, grams 111,4. Outer diameter cm. 6,5; inner diameter cm. 4,5. n. 4 – Fulani-Peul. Bronze, grams 111,4. Outer diameter […]

Guro Mask – Zaouli Dance – Côte d’Ivoire

Guro Mask – Zaouli Dance – Côte d’Ivoire

Mid 20th century. Heavy hardwood cm. 49,5 high x cm. 19,0 width (19.48″ x 7.48″). gr. 1.208,0 (38.83 oz.). Zaouli is a traditional dance of the Guro people of central Ivory Coast. The Zaouli mask, used in the dance, was created in the 1950s, reportedly inspired by a girl named “Djela Lou Zaouli” (meaning “Zaouli, daughter of […]

Berber Bag – ZAABOULA – Rif Mountain, North Morocco

Berber Bag – ZAABOULA – Rif Mountain, North Morocco

20th century. Leather. Cm. 28,0 high x cm. 32,0 width (11.02” x 12.59″). With fringes the bag is approx. cm. 60,0 long (23.62″). Perfect conditions. 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 […]

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