Old Berber Amulet – TAGMOUT – South Morocco
Early to mid 20th century. Silver, enamel. Gr. 33,4 (1.18 oz.); cm. 4,5 high x cm. 4,0 width (1.77″ x 1.57″).
The Tagmout (the centerpiece of a necklace or of a fibulae) is an amulet of fertility and prosperity.
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 call themselves some variant of the word imazighen (singular: Amazigh), possibly meaning “free people” or “free and noble men”. Today, most Berber-speaking people live in Morocco and Algeria.
For more information and similar examples, see page 26 and 27 of “A World of Necklaces: Africa, Asia, Oceania, America”, by Anne Leurquin Skira Edition.
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