Old Carpet Comb – Berber – Morocco
End 19th century – early 20th century. Iron, wood. Cm. 17,5 high x cm. 11,6 width (6.89″ x 4.57”). The wooden handle is cm. 10,0 in lenght (3.94″). Grams 972,9 (34.32 oz.).
For more information, see “Tapis Berbères du Maroc – La symbolique origines et signification”, by Bruno Barbatti, ACR Edition: “the carding tool and the comb thus have the same symbolic origin. The metaphors for the male sex. In general all instruments with teeth are tinged with sexual symbolism in the textile craft of the Berber. The repetitive movement when using them is associate the sex act”.
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 which are, like their land, both African and Mediterranean.
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