Berber Vintage Round Niello Pendant Necklace - Tribal Belly Dance Necklace - Berber Amazigh Necklace

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Item No: JNM0157
Country of Origin: Morocco
Materials: Mixed Metal, Glass Beads
Qty in Stock: 1


Berber necklace with round niello pendant.

Materials:  mixed metals, glass beads.  
Total Necklace Length:  16.25 inches
Pendant Size: 1.75 inches long including bale, 1.5 inches wide
Pendant Metal Color/Finish:  Slightly brassy, unpolished
Bead Color:  Black glass beads
Closure:  Hook and ring

Vintage round niello pendant on beaded necklace.  Etched pendant originally contained black niello in the grooves, but has lost of this coloration on some portions.  16.25 inches long from hook to ring.  A nice smaller necklace to wear layered with other tribal necklaces.  

Berber, or Imazighen (‘Free people’; plural of Amazigh) women are the carriers of the cultural & ethnic identity through their art forms – jewelry, carpet & fabric weaving, fashion, and embroidery.  Necklaces, headdresses and bracelets using silver, coral, amber, beads and other elements, and even the colors and designs all have meaning.  Tattooing was once widely practiced among women.  In the recent past, when a girl reached puberty, sometime between the ages of eleven and fourteen, her mother, aunts, or family friends would tattoo her face and wrists. Tattooing was a rite of passage, marking a girl‘s transition into womanhood. Usually small groups of girls were tattooed at the same time, making it a very social activity, shared and passed on among women. (Today tattooing is a violation of Islamic law so is no longer practiced.)


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