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Berber Pair of Silver Ear Ornaments (Kharb) & Matched Head Ornament

Marrakech & the High Atlas, Morocco
early 20th century

width (each): 7.7cm, length of chain: 52.7cm, weight: 144g

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Provenance

European art market

This pair of silver ear ornaments and matched chains and forehead ornament is from the Berber people of the Marrakech region. The ear ornaments are of sheet silver tubing. Each is decorated with five elongated conical pendants, and applied breast-like silver attachment and a red glass plaque in a silver box setting.

The chains are of silver, and the forehead ornaments are engraved with talismanic, fertility goddess motifs.

Related ear ornaments are illustrated in Amel (1998, p. 306) and Rabate (2015, p. 54).

The set is in excellent condition.

References

Amel, P., et alSplendeurs du Maroc, Musee Royal de l’Afrique Central, Belgium, 1998.

Rabate, M., Bijoux du Maroc: Du Haut Atlas a la Vallee du Draa, ACR Edition, 2015.

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