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Hamar Waistband – Omo Valley, Southern Ethiopia

Hamar Waistband – Omo Valley, Southern Ethiopia

Approx. cm. 74,5 long x cm. 9,0 high (29.33″ x 3.54″). The Hamar, principally pastoralists, are the most readily identifiable of all the peoples of the South Omo. Women wear an elaborately decorated goatskin, often colored with beads and cowries. Beadede necklaces, bracelets and waistbands adorn their bodies, which, for the Hamar, tend to be […]

Hand of Fatima n. 27 – Berber, Morocco

Hand of Fatima n. 27 – Berber, Morocco

End 19th century – early 20th century. Silver gr. 12,6 (0.44 oz); Cm. 7,8 high  x cm. 4,8 width (3.07” x 1.88”). The KHAMSA hand (Arabic) or HAMESH hand (Hebrew) is and old and still popular apotropaic amulet for magical protection from the envious or evil eye. An alternative Islamic name for this amulet is Hand of Fatima, in reference to the […]

Berber Bracelet – KHENIFRA – North Morocco

Berber Bracelet – KHENIFRA – North Morocco

Early to mid 20th century. Silver, enamel, silver coins. Gr. 121,8 (4.29 oz.); diameter cm. 7,0 (2.75″), inner diameter cm. 6,6 (2.59″). 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 […]

Tuareg Ceremonial Ring – Mosque – Mali

Tuareg Ceremonial Ring – Mosque – Mali

Mid 20th century. Silver, gr. 29,0 (1.02 oz.); cm. 4,1 high x cm. 2,2 width (1.61 ” x 0.86″); inner diameter cm. 2,0 (0.78 inches). US size 8.5. Architectonic shape inspired from Moorish architecture, the shape is reminiscent of the principal tower of a mosque with its four Towers. For a similar  example see “Magische Ornamente Silberschmuck […]

Pair Berber Fibulae – TIZERZAI – Khenifra, North Morocco

Pair Berber Fibulae – TIZERZAI – Khenifra, North Morocco

End 19th century – early 20th century. Silver, traces of enamel. Each fibulae is cm 8,1 x cm. 3,0 (3.18″ x 1.18″). Gr. 28,8 (1.01 oz). Essential feminine embellishment, the tizerzai are taken in pairs to close the coat. Beautiful pair. For more information and similar examples: “Tiserai – The Fibule Au Maroc”, by Ileana Marchesani, Franco D’Alessandro and […]

Pair Berber Fibulae – TIZERZAI – Ida Ou Nadif – Anti-Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Pair Berber Fibulae – TIZERZAI – Ida Ou Nadif – Anti-Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Early to mid 20th century. Silver sheet on brass, red glass. Niello decorations. Each fibulae is cm 17,0 high x cm 7,0 width (6.69″ x 2.75″). Gr. 216,1 (7.62 oz). Essential feminine embellishment, the tizerzai are taken in pairs to close the coat. For more information and similar examples: pages 288-289 of “Splendeurs du Maroc”, Africa Museum Tervuren. Berbers are […]

Moorish Anklets – KHAL KHAL – West Africa

Moorish Anklets – KHAL KHAL – West Africa

Mid 20th century. Alluminium gr. 488,0 (17.21 oz.); cm. 11,3 width (4.44″) , cm. 11,0 high (4.33″). The central talisman is cm. 7,2 width (2.83″) x cm. 7,0 high (2.75″). 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 […]

Huge Berber Temporal Parure – Ait Herbil – Western Anti Atlas, South Morocco

Huge Berber Temporal Parure – Ait Herbil – Western Anti Atlas, South Morocco

Early 20th century – Silver, niello decorations gr 131,5 (4.63 oz); cm. 19,7 high (7.75”)  x cm. 8,7 width (3.42”). These pieces are talismans of fertility and represent the nine moons of human gestation. 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, […]

African Currency – IYEMBE – DR Congo

African Currency – IYEMBE – DR Congo

The piece is cm. 85,0 high  x cm. 10,0 width (33.46″ x 3.93″). Copper zoomorphic spiral (snake) made with a hexagonal section rod. The section in the upper part is larger than in the lower. They were very important objects for the Iyembe who used them for paying the wedding dowry. For a similar example see: “The Perfect Form”, […]

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