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#weloveafricanart  This maskette is a superb example of the skill of a Baule goldsmith.Gold pendant heads were popular as hair adornments in the Baule region duringthe 19th century. Although no longer items of personal adornment gold ornaments are still used at times to embellish the sculpted coiffure of a Baule face mask. Although attributed to the Baule this maskette and other forms of jewelry made by Baule smiths could have circulated in the coastal region of Côte d'Ivoire where gold…

#weloveafricanart This maskette is a superb example of the skill of a Baule goldsmith.Gold pendant heads were popular as hair adornments in the Baule region duringthe 19th century. Although no longer items of personal adornment gold ornaments are still used at times to embellish the sculpted coiffure of a Baule face mask. Although attributed to the Baule this maskette and other forms of jewelry made by Baule smiths could have circulated in the coastal region of Côte d'Ivoire where gold…

Pectoral Ornament with Openwork Design.  Turkmen - Asia. Mid- 19th - mid- 20th century. Silver, silver-gilt, and carnelian.

Pectoral Ornament with Openwork Design. Turkmen - Asia. Mid- 19th - mid- 20th century. Silver, silver-gilt, and carnelian.

Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : Bracelet with Yellow and Green Enamel Morocco - possibly Tiznit - 19th to mid 20th century

Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : Bracelet with Yellow and Green Enamel Morocco - possibly Tiznit - 19th to mid 20th century

Pectoral Ornament. Turkmen - Asia. Mid- 19th - mid- 20th century.  Silver, silver-gilt, and carnelian.

Pectoral Ornament. Turkmen - Asia. Mid- 19th - mid- 20th century. Silver, silver-gilt, and carnelian.

Woman's Headpiece.  Ida ou Nadif people | Mid 19th ot early 20th century.  Silver, enamel, glass and leather | Jewelry is important to the whole Berber family. It is the husband who buys the jewelry for his wife and it serves as a social emblem identifying prestige and class. In times of financial trouble, the husband may choose to sell it to supplement income. Jewelry has spiritual meaning as well.

Woman's Headpiece. Ida ou Nadif people | Mid 19th ot early 20th century. Silver, enamel, glass and leather | Jewelry is important to the whole Berber family. It is the husband who buys the jewelry for his wife and it serves as a social emblem identifying prestige and class. In times of financial trouble, the husband may choose to sell it to supplement income. Jewelry has spiritual meaning as well.

South Africa | Necklace; glass beads, natural fiber and metal | Late 19th to early 20th century

South Africa | Necklace; glass beads, natural fiber and metal | Late 19th to early 20th century

Large, heavy choker, kirdan, from Palestine, produced either in Jordan (Irbid, Kerak) or in Nablus.  Note the fringe of glass beads and the mid-level insets which once held small blue glass or turquoise beads. Late 19th - Early 20th century.

Large, heavy choker, kirdan, from Palestine, produced either in Jordan (Irbid, Kerak) or in Nablus. Note the fringe of glass beads and the mid-level insets which once held small blue glass or turquoise beads. Late 19th - Early 20th century.

Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : Fibulae (Tizerzai) with Central Pendant (Tagguemout). Made in Morocco mid 19th-20th century

Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : Fibulae (Tizerzai) with Central Pendant (Tagguemout). Made in Morocco mid 19th-20th century

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