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Old Moroccan Braided Tribal Hairpiece, Tuareg Headpiece

£220.00

A leather braided decorative hairpiece, adorned with conus shell slices and 10 carnelian/agate tanfouk (talhakimt), also brass pendants. Each piece is tied on individually to the main braid to form a unique hairpiece. The conus shell is a symbol of fertility and strength and offers perceived protection from the evil eye. An unusual collectible piece.

Date:

Circa 1980

Material:

Leather, carnelian, shell & brass

Dimensions:

110 cm total length

Weight:

86.1 g

Ref:

HDR-711

References:

Grammet, I. and Meersman, M. (1998). Splendeurs du Maroc. Tervuren (Belgique): Musée royal de l'Afrique centrale, p. 32.

Fisher, A. (1998). Africa Adorned. New York: H. Abrams, p. 241.

Draguet, M. and Merode, N., 2020. Berber Memories. Yale University Press, p. 262