Double Pair Berber Bracelets – ASBIA’ IQUORAIN – Ait Atta Tribe – MoroccoDouble Pair Berber Bracelets – ASBIA’ IQUORAIN – Ait Atta Tribe – Moroccoamazigh
Mid 20th century. Aluminium. Gr. 430,5 (15.18 oz). The bracelets with the tips are cm. 9,5 width x cm. 3,0 high (3.74″ x 1.18″); the others bracelets are cm. 8,0 width x cm. 3,5 high (3.14″ x 1.37″). Inner diameter cm. 6,0 (2.36″). These bracelets, asbia’ iquorain, were originally worn by women of the Ait Atta tribe to defend themselves during raids; nowdays the are purely ornamental. 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 more examples see:
- 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.