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Berber Necklace – Tizinit, Morocco

Berber Necklace – Tizinit, Morocco

Leather, old painted metal-glass rings. The necklace is cm. 54,0 in lenght (21.25″); the part with the rings is cm. 23,0 in lenght (9.05″); gr. 115,5 (4.07 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 […]

We (Ngere) Krahn Mask – Liberia / Ivory Coast

We (Ngere) Krahn Mask – Liberia / Ivory Coast

Mid 20th century. Polychrome wood cm. 26,0 high x cm. 17,0 width (10.23″ x 6.69″). Kg 1,2 (42.32 oz.). This mask belonged to a French collector and was acquired in the forties. These masks serve a variety of functions ranging from ritual ceremonies, forms of entertainment, and focal points in moral stories to judicial and political controls. That […]

Tuareg Earring – TSABIT – Mali / Niger

Tuareg Earring – TSABIT – Mali / Niger

1960-1970. Silver gr. 48,5 (1.71 oz); cm. 5,0 high x cm. 5,7 width (1.96″ x 2.12″). 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, […]

Moorish Anklets – KHAL KHAL – West Africa

Moorish Anklets – KHAL KHAL – West Africa

Early to mid 20th century. Silver, enamel gr. 838,7 (29.58 oz.); cm. 10,0 width x cm. 9,0 high (3.93″ x 3.54″). The central talisman is cm. 5,4 width x cm 5,6 high (2.12″ x 2.20″).   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 […]

Fine Senufo Twin Kpelie Mask – Ivory Coast

Fine Senufo Twin Kpelie Mask – Ivory Coast

Mid 20th century. Heavy hardwood cm. 37,0 high x cm. 19,0 width (14.56″ x 7.48″). gr. 741,7 (26.16 oz.). This mask belonged to a French collector and was acquired in the sixties. Kpelie masks are usually oval in shape with arched crescent shaped eyebrows over narrow slit eyes. The small mouth opens below a slender nose. Scarification […]

Pair Berber Fibulae – TIZERZAI – Taroudant Region, South Morocco

Pair Berber Fibulae – TIZERZAI – Taroudant Region, South Morocco

Mid 20th century. Tribal metal, glass beads, paint.  The piece is cm. 85,0 long (32.28″). Gr. 223,0 (7.86 oz). Essential feminine embellishment, the tizerzai are taken in pairs to close the coat. For more information and similar examples: “Tiserai – The Fibule Au Maroc”, by Ileana Marchesani, Franco D’Alessandro and Meriem Otmani – Edition Sicopa. Berbers […]

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 […]

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