Moroccan beaded necklace with a vintage hollow headpiece pendant.
Total Necklace Length: 26 inches
Pendant Size: 2.75 inches long and about 1.5 inches wide
Closure: Hook and ring
Materials: Resin/plastic beads, wooden beads, mixed metal pendant
Bead Color: Orange, varnished wood
Metal Color: Pendant is silvery with a copper band, small coins are copper
Metal Finish: Unpolished, copper is dark with some patina
Vintage necklace from Morocco possibly from the 70s. Materials include plastic or resin beads and wooden beads with a much older pendant. This type of pendant was usually found in pairs and would be worn on the sides of the head near the temples. Total length including ties is 26 inches. Hook and ring to close. This piece is a bit larger, but not heavy, so could work well in layers with other 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.)