Old Huge Berber Temporal Parure – Ait Herbil – Western Anti Atlas, South Morocco
Early 20th century – Silver, niello decorations gr 131,5 (4.63 oz); cm. 19,7 high (7.75”) x cm. 8,7 width (3.42”). These pieces are talismans of fertility and represent the nine moons of human gestation. 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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