Taounza. Berber old silver and silk embroidered headband.

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Lenght: 320 mm

Width: 90 mm

Weight: 77 grs


An old Berber headband -taounza- from Tafraoute in the Anti Atlas in Southern Morocco. Cotton embroidered in green, red and ochre silk. Ornated with glass, amber and bone beads and two buttons, and three nielloed silver plaques enamelled in yellow and green from which hang smaller nielloed plaques. The central one features a red glass cabochon affording protection to the wearer. Other shapes as a form of protection are also found. Used by tribes of the Akhsas (Tafraoute) and neighbouring areas.Other names: -mechboh-. Very nice old piece of the first half of the XXth century.

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