Tuareg Leather Wallet – Khomissar – Niger

Tuareg Leather Wallet – Khomissar – Niger

  Leather, shells, glass beads. The piece is cm. 37,0 in lenght (14.57″). The wallet is cm. 9,0 x cm. 7,5 (3.54″ x 2.95″). Grams 71,4 (2.52″). 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 […]

Maasai Leather Bag – OLBENE – Kenya

Maasai Leather Bag – OLBENE – Kenya

Leather, glass beads. The bag is approx. cm. 42,0 x 47,0 (16.53” x 18.50″). Among the Maasai such bags are known as Olbene. Very often they would be embellished with glass beads forming elegant curves, vertical lines and other geometric motifs.  Olbene leather bags were used by women to hold water or other valuable belongs. These bags were  also […]

Tuareg Talisman – Bella Amulet on Leather Gris-Gris – Niger

Tuareg Talisman – Bella Amulet on Leather Gris-Gris – Niger

Leather Gris-Gris, metal Bella amulet. Cm. 6,7 x cm. 4,8 (2.64″ x 1.89″). Grams 24,5 (0.86″). Bella live Niger and Mali but are of Sudanese origin in Africa. The Bella tribe was formerly held in slavery by the Tuareg. The Tuareg people inhabit a large area, covering almost all the middle and western Sahara and the north-central Sahel. […]

Berber Necklace – Dades Valley, Morocco

Berber Necklace – Dades Valley, Morocco

Mid 20th century. Old maroccan silver coins (19th century), old glass beads. The necklace is cm. 47,5 long (18.70″); grams 94,2 (3.32 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 […]

Berber Rug – Azilal, High Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Berber Rug – Azilal, High Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Early to mid 20th century. Wool. Approximately cm. 165,0 x 44,5 (5.41 x 1.46 Feet). Only performed by women of this region, Azilal rugs are made from virgin raw wool by alternating composed patterns of one single knotted line and one or two woven lines, according to a cultural ritual that mothers are passing down to daughters […]

Large Berber Earrings – Tiznit, Morocco

Large Berber Earrings – Tiznit, Morocco

Early 20th century. Silver, glass grams 59,7 (2.11 oz); cm. 11,0 high x cm. 7,2 width (4.33″ x 2.83”). 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 by keeping up their unique language and culture […]

Berber Frontal Amulet – LEBST – Pre-Sahara Region, South Morocco

Berber Frontal Amulet – LEBST – Pre-Sahara Region, South Morocco

Early to mid 20th century. Silver, coral, green and yellow enamel. Gr. 39,9 (1.41 oz.); cm. 7,4 high x cm. 4,5 width (2.91″ x 1.77″). For similar examples see page 280 of “Splendeurs du Maroc”, Africa Museum Tervuren. 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 […]

Bone Beads Chaplet – Tasbih – Mali

Bone Beads Chaplet – Tasbih – Mali

N. 100 bone beads; diameter cm. 1,0 (0.39″). The tasbih is cm 64,0 in length (25.20″). Grams 123,0 (4.34 oz.). Perfect conditions. The chaplet is worn as necklace or as bracelet, but it’s also instrument of prayer, similar to the rosary.

Berber Saddlebag – Pre-Sahara, Morocco

Berber Saddlebag – Pre-Sahara, Morocco

1960-1970. Wool. Without fringes, the piece is cm. 60,0 x cm. 40,0 (23.62” x 15.75″). Excellent conditions. 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 end of the […]

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