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Prayer-String Necklace

A work made of wood, silver, copper, amber, silk, and carnelian.

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  • A work made of wood, silver, copper, amber, silk, and carnelian.

Date:

Early 20th century

Artist:

Tekna
Laayoune, Western Sahara
Northern Africa and the Sahel

About this artwork

Artists among the Tekna people and Moors in Northern Africa create silver jewelry in bold forms that stand in stark contrast with the region’s arid environment. Objects from Guelmim in Morocco usually include deeply etched geometric patterns, and are adorned with raised beads or projecting studs. Those from Boutilimit in Mauritania feature large square plates delicately etched with meandering motifs.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of Africa

Culture

Tekna

Title

Prayer-String Necklace

Place

Morocco (Object made in)

Date

1900–1940

Medium

Wood, silver, copper, amber, silk, and carnelian

Dimensions

H.: 152 cm (59 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Alsdorf Foundation - James and Marilynn Alsdorf Acquisition Fund

Reference Number

2009.575

Extended information about this artwork

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