Berber Jewelry Collection from the Royal Palace

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This exhibition features more than 200 historical and culturally significant pieces from Morocco’s Oudayas, National Museum of Adornment in Rabat.

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Berber Jewelry Collection from the Royal Palace marks the first time the collection will be exhibited outside of Morocco, offering a unique window into the nation’s culture, paying homage to the artisans who meticulously crafted these treasures and honors, in particular, the women who have safeguarded these traditions.

These artefacts, showcasing various techniques, forms, and materials, reveal the regional traits of key jewellery production centers in Morocco and reflect Morocco's rich heritage, demonstrating artistry in wirework, inlaying, and the use of coral, amber, glass, beads, and coins.

Common motifs, including geometric patterns and stylised depictions of nature, connect to the Berber people's nomadic lifestyle, echoing their deep bond with nature and the environment.

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Jewellery from Ait Atta and neighboring tribes. Southeast of Morocco, 19th-20th century

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The High Atlas adornment (19th – early 20th centuries). Left: Wool headband with engraved silver pendants and gemstones. Pair of fibulae and pectoral chain. Pair of fibulae "tizerzaî n taouka" (worm fibula) in cloisonné enameled silver, and pectoral chain set with glass and pendants in old Moroccan coins. “Douah” earrings with silver pendants. "Assir saboun" bracelet. Right: Leather headband with pendants and plates in silver and black niello. Coral and silver necklace. Pectoral necklace in coral and pendants in cloisonné enamelled silver set with glass. Cloisonne enameled silver earrings set with glass. "Assir saboun" bracelet.

Berber Jewelry Collection from the Royal Palace is organised by the National Foundation of Museums of the Kingdom of Morocco and the Museum of Islamic Art. It was coordinated by Adel El Fakir, General Commissioner of the Qatar-Morocco 2024 Year of Culture.

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