Moroccan Berber / Amazigh pendant with niello and etched design.
Width: 1.75 inches
Materials: Mixed metals
Metal Color: Silvery to very slightly brassy
Attachment: Bale at the top
These Amazigh (Berber) pendants are used for many purposes, mostly to embellish necklaces or other personal jewelry. Mixed metals are a silvery to slightly brassy color. About 2 inches long and about 1.75 inches wide. Lightweight piece could be used almost anywhere on costuming, but would be especially useful on headpieces or in other hair jewelry.
Berber jewelry is large, showy, colorful and FUN! It often includes lots of detail like enamel in bright colors, large jewels and coins. It represents much more than simply adornment. Each piece can signify fertility, wealth, social status and marital status. The Berbers or Imazighen (‘Free people’; plural of Amazigh) are the original inhabitants of North Africa. They are an ethnic group of several nations indigenous mostly to North Africa and in some northern parts of Western Africa - Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Mauritania, northern Mali, northern Niger, and a small part of western Egypt. They speak a number of related languages and share a common cultural heritage. Most Berbers nowdays live in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.