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Vintage Moroccan 'Porte du Paradis’ or 'Gateway to Paradise' Hamsa (Khamsa) Pendant

£145.00

A large moulded and chiselled pendant made by the Ait Haddidou tribe of the eastern High Atlas Mountains of Morocco in the 1960s, called porte du paradis, ‘gateway to paradise’. This very old example depicts a serpent and is adorned with a glass bead. Genuine old pieces such as this one are now increasingly difficult to find in Morocco.

Date:

1960s

Material:

Silver alloy & glass

Dimensions:

9.2 cm (h) x 6.8 cm (w)

Weight:

39.3 g

Ref:

KHA-547

References:

Rabaté, M. (2013). Les Fibules. Paris-La Défense: ACR éd. p. 127.

Draguet, M. and Merode, N., 2020. Berber Memories. Yale University Press, p. 59.