Berber North African Coral Amber Ethnographic Necklace

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: African: Pre 1920: Item # 1172020
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An Extraordinary Artifact of Cultural Importance Combined with Beautiful and Valuable Materials. Unique ethnographic artifact of the Berber tribal culture consist of fossilized resin amber, lustrous and thick coral branches, turquoise, trade beads, copal, shell and silver. Amber has been treasured in North Africa, the Sahara, and the Sahel for centuries due to the protective properties with which it is associated and is considered an important talisman. The color of the amber beads varies in shades of rich deep to orange honey. The center holes vary in size and shape due to years of being strung and used. Also a means of “ wearing wealth ” these necklaces were cherished and handed down between generations. Shows great wear of use and a rich patina. Provenance: Purchased Paris, 1995, from private collection Dimensions: 32 inches end to end