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Old Carved Conus Shell Beads, Mauritania

£120.00

A collection of six old hand-carved conus shell beads from Mauritania. They are a slightly domed shape. These would have been worn by women either as hair adornment, braided into their tresses, or as elements of a necklace, as they were viewed as symbols of fertility. They were also used for trading as currency. 

 

Photo props are not included.

Date:

1930s

Material:

Conus shell

Dimensions:

Approx. 3.5 cm / 1 3/16" (dia.)

Weight:

64.3 g

Ref:

BEA-336

References:

Grammet, I. and Meersman, M. (1998). Splendeurs du Maroc. Tervuren (Belgique): Musée royal de l'Afrique centrale, p330-333

Draguet, M. and Merode, N., 2020. Berber Memories. Yale University Press, p546