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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”, […]

Kuba Raffia Skirt – NGONGO – DR Congo

Kuba Raffia Skirt – NGONGO – DR Congo

Raffia Vinifera fibers. 1960′-1970′. Approximately cm. 85,0 x cm. 495,0  (2.78 x 16.24 Feet). Excellent conditions. The length and the elegance of the skirt measure the prestige of the owner. These tissues were also used as currency. The Kuba (or Bakuba) peoples are famous for producing beautiful fabrics made ​​from fibers of the palm Raphia Vinifera by a long […]

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