Vintage Moroccan necklace with copal and taguemout beads and an enameled stylized hamsa pendant.
Materials: Copal beads, two enameled mixed metal taguemout beads, glass beads
Total Necklace Length: About 20.5 inches
Bead Color: Multi
Closure: Hook and ring
Glorious necklace from Morocco, including glass beads, copal beads, two large round taguemout beads and an enameled stylized hamsa pendant. Hook and ring closure. Length is 20.5 inches. Pfetty traditional colors, including the blue, green and yellow of the enamel, and coral red for protection. The stylized hamsa pendant at the center is 3 inches long and 1-5/8 inches across with three small round dangles. A traditional style using traditional components to keep that pesky evil eye at bay!
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.)