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Qur'an Box Pendant

A work made of brass with silver overlay.

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  • A work made of brass with silver overlay.

Date:

Early 20th century

Artist:

Ida ou Nadif
Anti-Atlas Mountains region, Morocco
Northern Africa and the Sahel

About this artwork

The Ida Ou Nadif and other Imazighen peoples have developed highly distinctive jewelry styles. These bracelets, earrings, and headband are embellished with patterns in a black metal alloy mixture called niello. The box was designed to hold a copy of the Qu’ran and hang from a chain around a devotee’s neck. Across northern Africa exquisite silver jewelry defines a woman’s wealth and comprises an important part of the wedding gift that a man gives to his fiancée.

Status

On View, Gallery 137

Department

Arts of Africa

Culture

Ida Ou Nadif

Title

Qur'an Box Pendant

Origin

Morocco

Date

1900–1950

Medium

Brass with silver overlay

Dimensions

8.9 × 8.9 × 1.6 cm (3 1/2 × 3 1/2 × 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Edward E. Ayer Endowment in memory of Charles L. Hutchinson

Reference Number

2002.275

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