Bobo Mask – Burkina Faso

Bobo Mask – Burkina Faso

1970′-1980′. Hard wood, cowries shells, paint cm. 27,0 high x cm. 58,0 width (10.63″ x 22.83″). gr. 2248,0 (79,3 oz.). The Bobo are an ethnic group living in Burkina Faso although the area occupied by the Bobo extends north into Mali. Masks symbolize protective spirits who purify the land for successful planting and harvesting their rituals comfort the […]

Tuareg Leather Bag – Niger

Tuareg Leather Bag – Niger

Tuareg – Leather. The bag is approx. cm. 32,0 x 28,0 (12.59” x 11.02″). With fringes, the bag is cm. 58,0 high (28.83″). 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 […]

Berber Necklace – Tagmout – Silver, Amber, Coral – South Morocco

Berber Necklace – Tagmout – Silver, Amber, Coral – South Morocco

Silver, amber, coral, amazonite, shells, silver coins, silver beads, glass beads wool. The nacklace is cm. 76,0 long (27.55″). Grams 168,9 (4.35 oz.). The Tagmout is the centerpiece of the necklace; it’s a symbol and a talisman of fertility. Berbers are the indigenous ethnic group of North Africa. They are continuously distributed from the Atlantic to the […]

Tuareg Bracelet – Niger

Tuareg Bracelet – Niger

Mid 20th century. Aluminium. Gr. 121,6 (4.29 oz); diameter cm. 8,7 (3.43″); inner diameter 5,8 (2.28″). 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, the […]

Huge Fulani Anklet – Mali / Niger

Huge Fulani Anklet – Mali / Niger

Early 20th century. Bronze grams 1.187,4 (41.88 oz.). Cm. 15,0 high x cm. 12,8 width (5.91″ x 5.04″). Some cracks due to age and use. The back part has a missing part due to a break (see photos). Fulani, also called Peul or Fulbe , are scattered throughout many parts of West Africa, from Lake Chad, […]

Puno Mask – Okuyi – Mukudji Society – Gabon

Puno Mask – Okuyi – Mukudji Society – Gabon

1970′. Light wood cm. 29,0 high x cm. 18,0 width (19.48″ x 7.48″). gr. 572,0 (38.83 oz.).Mukudji White-faced masks were emoyed by several Ogoew River peoples, chiefly the Puna and Lumbo. They are said to embody the personas of past community elders and were worn by costumed stilt-dancers at Mukuji society funerary rites. For more informations, see: […]

Tuareg Agadez Cross on Leather Gris-Gris – Niger

Tuareg Agadez Cross on Leather Gris-Gris – Niger

Mid 20th century. The silver Agadez cross is cm 10,7 high x cm. 7,5 width (4.21″ x 2.95″). Grams 49,0 (1.72 oz). The Tuareg live in one of the most inhospitable areas of the planet: the central part of the Sahara Desert. Their whole existence, difficult and precarious, is dominated by an overriding concern to protect and defend […]

Berber Necklace – Gilded Silver Filigree – Mauritania

Berber Necklace – Gilded Silver Filigree – Mauritania

  20th century. Gilded silver filigree. The necklace is cm. 45,0 long (17,72″).  gr. 34,8 (1.23 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 Niger River.The name Berber appeared for the first time after the […]

Pair Berber Bracelets – Ait Atta Tribe – Morocco

Pair Berber Bracelets – Ait Atta Tribe – Morocco

19th century. Tribal Metal gr. 658,0 (23.21 oz.). The bracelets with the tips are cm. 8,5 width x cm. 3,5 high (3.35″ x  1.38″); inner diameter cm. 6,2 (2.44″). 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 […]

Djerma Fabric – Man’s Robe – Niger

Djerma Fabric – Man’s Robe – Niger

1970′. Cotton. Fabric made from 7 strips sewn together. Cm. 220,0 high x cm. 120 width (86.61″ x 47.24″). For similar example see page 43 of  “African Textiles: color and creativity across a continent” by John Gillow. The Djerma live in the arid lands of the Sahel. Many live in the Niger River valley and exploit […]

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