Ida ou Nadif head ornament, Morocco
Five flat silver and niello pendants are attached to a flat braided silver chain, and red glass cabochons are used on top of them. This kind of head ornaments was sometimes attached to a leather band so the ornament could be easily kept in place around the head.
The central pendant is bigger than the rest, and the five pendants that dangle from it suggest that it had a protective quality, since the number five deflects the evil eye. The rest of the pendants have a distinct anthropomorphic quality.
From 2nd half of XXth century.
Total length: 40 cm (15,75 in)
Central pendant (with small pendants attached): 14 x 7,5 cm (5,51 x 2,95 in)
It weights 163,4 gr.
“Bijoux Berbéres Au Marroc dans la tradition judeo-arab”, Rouach, David, ACR Edition, 1989
““Bijoux du Marroc. Du Haut Atlas à la Vallée du Draa”, Rabaté, Marie-Rose et Jacques, Edisuc/Le Fennec, 1996
“Splendeurs du Marroc”, Editions plume, 1998
“Berber women of Morocco”, Foundation Yves Saint Laurent, 2014
“Bijoux du Maroc”, Ramirez and Rolot, ACR Edition, 2002