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Vintage Silver Temporal Adornment from Morocco - Rare


A stunning example of mid-century temporal adornment, possibly made by the Akhsass tribe of the Anti-Atlas, Morocco. Each high-grade silver (tested) hoop is adorned with a large silver circular nielloed pendant with enamel, from which hang 6 ornate smaller pendants. The temporals are further decorated with pieces of amber, coral and amazonite, silver and glass beads and shells. These would have been worn either side of a woman’s head attached to a headband which crosses the head to support the weight. These are very large and impressive items and very rare, in very good condition for their age.


Circa 1940


High-grade silver, enamel, amber, coral, amazonite & glass


29.0 cm total height (top of hoop to bottom of dangles)
Pendant 14.0 cm (h) x 9.5 cm (w)


309 g the pair (153.5 g and 155.5 g)




Grammet, I. and Meersman, M. (1998). Splendeurs du Maroc. Tervuren (Belgique): Musée royal de l'Afrique centrale, p. 322.

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

Draguet, M. and Merode, N., 2020. Berber memories. Yale University Press, pp. 286, 287, 291 - 293, 300, 301.