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A work made of silver, enamel, niello, glass, leather, and fabric.

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  • A work made of silver, enamel, niello, glass, leather, and fabric.


Late 19th or early 20th century


Ida Ou Nadif
Souss-Massa 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.


On View, Gallery 137


Arts of Africa


Ida Ou Nadif




Morocco (Object made in)

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Made 1900–1950


Silver, enamel, niello, glass, leather, and fabric


11.4 × 39.4 cm (4 1/2 × 15 1/2 in.)

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

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