Huge Handmade Antique Moroccan Berber Necklace, Amber Copal, Shells, Gemstones For Sale
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Huge Handmade Antique Moroccan Berber Necklace, Amber Copal, Shells, Gemstones

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This giant handmade Berber necklace is intended to be worn during tribal wedding celebrations or to be displayed on the wall. The centre of the necklace has a very large copal bead that has been repaired with a large silver staple. Two snail shells flank each side, followed by two smaller (but still large) copal beads and two additional beads. Each bead is separated by a red protective wool felt disk. Next comes a section of ten beaded strands: malachite, amazonite, pink coral, onyx, turquoise, wood, agate, bone, glass, tiger's eye, with even a little silver, amethyst and baby shells thrown in. Each side of the necklace is unique, although green and blue seem to be the dominant colors. In Berber culture, the larger the size of the necklace, the more wealth and importance a family has, and this necklace is a fascinating mix of modern and old; color and whimsy. The ten strands meet in another copal bead, followed by a large carved soapstone bead, then another copal bead, this one darker in color than the others. Again the beads here are separated by red wool pads. The necklace is finished with black, yellow, red, and green embroidered fabric, ending in a flourish of hundreds of pouffy loose threads. Center copal bead measures 2" diameter x 1" thick.

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  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    Mid-1900s
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 50 in. x W 2.25 in. x D 2 in.H 127 cm x W 5.72 cm x D 5.08 cm
  • Seller Location
    Vineyard Haven, MA
  • Reference Number
    LU4404213402541
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