Turkoman Gilded Silver Headband – Central Asia

Turkoman Gilded Silver Headband – Central Asia

Late 19th – early 20th century. Gilded Silver, cornalian eye-shaped beads. Cm. 12,0 high x cm. 48,0 width (4.72″ x 18,9″). Gr. 273,3 (9.64 oz.). The Turkmen were pastoral nomads who lived in encampments, raised livestock, bred horses. In order to ensure year-round green pastures for their animals, the tribes moved two or three times a […]

Old Pair Ivory Bracelets – Mali

Old Pair Ivory Bracelets – Mali

Bracelet n. 1: max diameter cm. 8,0; inner diameter cm. 6,8; grams 14,0 Bracelet n. 2: max diameter cm. 8,3; inner diameter cm. 7,5; grams 13,0 Wonderful pink patina. Former tuscan private collection (Grassi Family). Collected in Mali in 40′.

Turkana Fighting Finger Knife – Ngigolio – Kenya

Turkana Fighting Finger Knife – Ngigolio – Kenya

Mid 20th century. Hand wrought iron and copper wire. Cm. 6,9 high x cm. 4,3 width (2.72″ x 1.69″); grams 26,8 (0.95 oz.). “The Turkana are the finest fighting men in East Africa”, so, without so many preambles, Mr. Crampton defined his subjects when he was appointed a politacal officer in Turkanaland. He is echoed by […]

Mossi Fabric – Man’s Robe – Burkina Faso

Mossi Fabric – Man’s Robe – Burkina Faso

1980′. Cotton. Fabric made from 13 strips sewn together. Cm. 146,0 high x cm. 100 width (57.48″ x 39.37″). Narrow strips of handwoven cotton – 11 cm in wide – are stitched together into a whole cloth, then dip dyed several times in indigo and embroidered. The indigo colour has aged gracefully and the cloth have […]

Tuareg Hand of Fatima – KHOMISSAR – Mali

Tuareg Hand of Fatima – KHOMISSAR – Mali

Shell on leather. Cm. 13,0 width x cm. 8,0 high x cm. 2,2 depht (5.12″ x 3.15″ x 0.87″). Gr. 87,0 (3.07 oz). The Khomissar, in the form of a stylized hand, is believed to ward off the evil eye and, being made of shells, doubles as a fertility symbol. 417  

Gan Aluminium Amulet – Viper – Burkina Faso

Gan Aluminium Amulet – Viper – Burkina Faso

1970′. Cm. 12,3 width x 6,5 high (4.84 x 2.56″); Gr. 100,7 (3.55 oz.). Gan pieces in aluminium are quite rare. For more information and similar examples, “Bronzes gan – la spirale du serpent”, by Bertrand Goy and Maine Durieu, Editions Sépia – 2005, provides a close analysis of the Gan Bronzes, examining them both thematically and aesthetically. 1216

Berber Talisman Wallet with Kitab Amulet – Guelmim Region, South Morocco

Berber Talisman Wallet with Kitab Amulet – Guelmim Region, South Morocco

Mid 20th century. Leather. The piece is approx. cm. 33,0 in lenght (12.99″). The metal amulet (Kitab) is cm 5,4 x cm 4,1 (2.13″ x 1.61”). 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 […]

Chaplet – Tasbih – Morocco

Chaplet – Tasbih – Morocco

Early to mid 20th century. Wood. Cm 38,5 in length (15.6″) ; gr. 71,8 (2.53 oz.). The chaplet is worn as necklace or as bracelet, but it’s also instrument of prayer, similar to the rosary. 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 […]

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