Berber Earrings – Hilal and Khamsas- Morocco

Berber Earrings – Hilal and Khamsas- Morocco

Early to mid 20th century. Silver, gr 14,7 (0.52 oz); cm. 6,7 high (2.64”)  x cm. 3,2 width (1.26”). Hilal (Crescent Moon) and Khamsas (Hand of Fatima). Exquisite work. 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 […]

Dogon Cerimonial Ring – Rider – Mali

Dogon Cerimonial Ring – Rider – Mali

Cm. 8,5 high x 6,0 width (3.35″ x 2.36″). Inner diameter cm. 2,0 (0.79″); US size 9.75. Gr. 61,8 (2.18 oz.). Metal works like this Dogon cerimonial ring is molded in bronze by ‘the lost wax method’, also called ‘cire-perdue’. This kind of metal molding is made with a wax model and a mold made from a heat […]

Berber Beads Talisman – Haha, Morocco

Berber Beads Talisman – Haha, Morocco

1960-1970. Cm. 26,0 high x cm. 9,7 width (10.24″ x 3.82”); gr. 85,8 (3.03 oz.). The Haha are a Berber people in the Western High Atlas in Morocco. 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 […]

Coptic Cross – Northen Ethiopia

Coptic Cross – Northen Ethiopia

Silver. Cm. 3,1 x cm. 2,1 (1.22 x 0.82 Inches); gr. 7,0 (0.25 oz.). Excellent condition. Pendant crosses are received at baptism and worn around the neck as their owner’s most prized possession, a talisman and symbol of faith combined.

Tuareg Cross – Tahoua – Niger

Tuareg Cross – Tahoua – Niger

White metal, glass beads grams 79,6 (2.81 oz). The cross is cm. 14,4 x 8,1 (5.67” x 3.19”). The necklace is cm. 54,0 long (21.26″) 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 themselves […]

Hand of Fatima n. 34 – Jews, Morocco

Hand of Fatima n. 34 – Jews, Morocco

19th century. Brass. Gr. 461,4 (16.28 oz.); cm. 17,0 high (6.69”) x cm. 12,5 width (4.92”).  This hand is the top piece of a lamp. For similar examples see “The Hand in Morocco”, by Khalid El Gharib, Malika Editions.  The KHAMSA hand (Arabic) or HAMESH hand (Hebrew) is and old and still popular apotropaic amulet […]

Lobi Bronze Amulet – Bird – Burkina Faso

Lobi Bronze Amulet – Bird – Burkina Faso

20th century. Cm. 12,3 high x 8,7 width (4.84″ x 3.43″); Gr. 87,1 (3.07 oz.). Lost-wax casting. The mold is destroyed every time; every object is a unique piece. The Lobi are an ethnic group that originated in what is today Ghana. Starting around 1770 many of the Lobi migrated into southern Burkina Faso and later into Côte d’Ivoire. […]

Boghdad n. 26 – South Morocco

Boghdad n. 26 – South Morocco

1970′. Silver (gr. 35,5 – 1.25 oz.). Size: cm. 7,2 x 6,7 (2.83″ x 2.64″). Fine work. 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 Roman Empire. Many Berbers […]

African Currency – KUL – Sara Tribe – Chad

African Currency – KUL – Sara Tribe – Chad

Iron. Mid 20th century. Cm. 44,3 high x 12,7 width (17.44 x 5.00 Inches); grams 89,6 (3.16 oz.). Its shape is reminiscent of some stylized human figures seen in profile. It comes from ethnic groups that live along the course of the River Logane. Rivellain said that the currency Kul were used in various payments […]

Massive Anklet – African Currency – Tuareg, Mali / Niger

Massive Anklet – African Currency – Tuareg, Mali / Niger

Bronze. Early to mid 20th century. Cm. 10,5 high x 13,0 width (4.13 x 5.12 Inches); grams 1.107,0 (39.5 oz.). Heavy anklet, U-shaped body and massive terminals faceted with tipical geometric motifs. Much used by Tuareg tribes of Mali and Niger. Every anklet could be worn; price was established on basis of quality and weight.

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