Double Pair Berber Bracelets – ASBIA’ IQUORAIN – Ait Atta Tribe – Morocco

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Double Pair Berber Bracelets – ASBIA’ IQUORAIN – Ait Atta Tribe – Morocco

Early to mid 20th century. Tribal Metal gr. 1.844, (37.53 oz.). The bracelets with the tips are cm. 11,8 width x cm. 5,0 high (4.64″ x  1.96″); inner diameter cm. 6,0 (2.36″). The others bracelets are cm. 8,4 width x cm. 3,7 high (3.30″ x 1.45″); inner diameter cm. 6,2 (2.44″).

These bracelets, asbia’ iquorain, were originally worn by women of the Ait Atta tribe to defend themselves during raids

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 sons of their common ancestor Dadda Atta: these “fifths” are the Ait Ouallal, Ait Ouahlim, Ait Isfoul, Ait Yazza and Ait Ounbgi. They speak Central Atlas Tamazight. The Ait Atta originated as a political entity in the Jbel Saghro region in the 16th century with the founding of their traditional capital Igherm Amazdar.

For similar examples:

  • p. 21 of “A World of Bracelets”, by Anne Van Cutsem;
  • p. 262 of “Africa Adorned”, by Angela Fisher, Collins Harvill;
  • p. 129 of “Bijoux du Maroc”, by Jacques and  Marie-Rose Rabaté, Edisud / Le Fennec.

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