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.
- Ida Ou Nadif
- Made 1900–1950
- Silver, enamel, niello, glass, leather, and fabric
- 11.4 × 39.4 cm (4 1/2 × 15 1/2 in.)
- Edward E. Ayer Endowment in memory of Charles L. Hutchinson