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Ethnic and Tribal Jewelry: Africa

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:: All prices listed are wholesale to shops :: Retail prices to individuals are twice those listed ::

This page features jewelry from all parts of Africa.
Please click here to jump over to jewelry from the Middle East,
such as Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan.
These pieces used to be found on the second half of the page,
but now have their own new dedicated page.

Tuareg tribe tsabit earrings

The nomadic Tuareg are often called 'the blue people' due to their use of indigo cloth which can leave a blue hue on their skin. Known for being fierce warriors, this is one tribe you wouldn't want to mess with!

Examples of these can also be found on p. 41 in A World of Earrings, p. 35 in Ethnic Jewellery,
and pages 202, 210, and 212-213 in Africa Adorned, which shows them being worn by Tuareg women.
Most Tuareg earrings measure in the vicinitiy of 6 gauge or so.

*Tuareg tribe tsabit tribal hoop shaped earrings*

Women's earrings from the nomadic Tuareg tribe of North Africa, called tsabit.
Prices are $175, $225, or $225/pair, in the order shown for these three different large pairs.

*two pair Tuareg tribal tsabit earrings*

More Tuareg tribe hoop earrings:
The first shows two small tsabit pairs. $100/pair.

*Tuareg tribe tsabit 2 pairs earrings*

The second shows the more typically sized tsabit:
The top pair are a little different from each other and are thus merely $100/pair.
The bottom pair still have quite angular knobs and exquisite incised decorations. $300/pair.

*now 6 was 9 pairs small Tuareg tribe tsabit tribal hoop earrings* *9 pairs big large Tuareg tribe tsabit earrings*
*1 ex-small large Tuareg tsabit earrings*

Tuareg tribe traditional women's tsabit earrings, shown in order of weight:
the top left pairs are lightest and the bottom right pairs are heaviest.
Please click these thumbnail images to view versions posted at life size.
More affordable than what we've been able to offer them for in the past... How exciting!

The left-hand image shows six pairs of small to medium tsabit:
.42oz (11.8grams)/each, up to .475oz (13.4grams)/each. $90/pair.

The right-hand image has nine pairs of medium to large tsabit:
.83oz (23.7grams)/each, up to 2.36oz (66.9grams)/each. $125/pair.

The bottom pair, shown by themselves at full size,
weigh .94oz (26.6grams)/each, and are $125/pair.

More Tuareg tribe earrings

*2 pair circa 1970s Tuareg tribe earrings*

Two pair Tuareg tribe thin earrings circa 1970's.
Around 17ga or so. $25/pair.
An additional piece is shown on the right
to give an idea of the side view and hook design.

*old Tuareg earrings ebony inlay*

Old Tuareg earrings with engraving and likely ebony inlay.
<12ga. $80/pair.

More tribal hoop earrings

*Tuareg tribe tsabit earrings metal 1* *Tuareg tribe tsabit earrings metal 2* *Tuareg tribe tsabit earrings metal 3*

Base metal earrings, likely less refined Tuareg tribe tsabit, but also similar to Egyptian designs.
Because they aren't silver like most Tuareg jewelry, these babies are super affordable. $40-$50/pair.
Click on these thumbnail-sized images to view ones posted at life size.

Berber earrings

*Morocco Tiznit Berber Khrab set* *Morocco Tiznit Berber Khrab set*

Berber Khrab set with chain and red and green glass inlays.
From Tiznit, Morocco. $125/set. Two images are shown of the one set.
Click these thumbnails to see versions posted at life size.

*single Berber hoop earring SIDE* *single Berber earring FRONT*

Single Berber hoop earring with dark red glass inlay.
It measures <10ga, and is only $20. Side and front views shown.

*wholesale versus retail prices reminder*

Rare tribal silver Ethiopian or Yemeni earrings

*Ethiopian Yemeni earrings*

This is the first time we have encountered pieces like this!
$50/pair (side and front views shown).
These measure around 6ga maximum on their coiled wire wearing surfaces.
(The original collector later informed us that these lovelies might actually be from Yemen...
considering their proximity and cross-cultural influences, this is not all that surprising.)
For documenation, please refer to page 57 in A World of Earrings;
an image of them being worn appears on p. 139 of African Ark.

Ethiopian women's giant clay lip plates

*6 plain Ethiopian Mursi tribe clay lip plates SIDE A* *6 plain Ethiopian Mursi tribe lip plates SIDE VIEWS* *6 plain Ethiopian Mursi tribe clay lip plates SIDE B*

Six plain dark clay Ethiopian Mursi tribe women's giant lip plates. These run $150-$200/each.
The Mursi tribe words for clay lip plate are dhebi a tugoin (wooden lip plates are called burgui).
Please click on these thumbnails to view images posted at life size of each side and the flares.

References include p. 249, 251, 270-277 in African Ark
(wonderful photos of giant clay plates in situ),
and p. 60 in Splendor of Ethnic Jewelry.

*wholesale versus retail prices reminder*

Kamba tribal spiked plug

*aluminum African earplug on stand*
*aluminum African earplug off stand*

Aluminum Kamba tribe (Kenya) spiked earplug on stand. $60/single.
These images are not shown at life size, although close to it.
It measures 4-5/16" in overall length, and 1-3/8" at the flare.

Beaded Maasai women's upper ear jewelry

*Maasai Masai women's upper ear beaded old worn jewelry*
*Maasai Masai women's upper ear beaded old worn jewelry*
*Maasai Masai women's upper ear white beaded old worn jewelry*
*Maasai Masai women's upper ear white beaded old worn jewelry*
*Maasai Masai women's upper ear beaded old worn jewelry*

Maasai women's beaded upper ear jewelry, all used and worn.
Please refer to them in order as: #A (either $40/pair), #B ($40/pair),
#C white ($45/pair), #D both white (either $50/pair), and #E (either $50/pair).
Compare this prices to the newly made ones which are $30/pair; very reasonable!
These photographs are thumbnails only, and do not show the jewelry at real size.
We've only had newly made pairs before (see below), so these ones are a treat to behold,
and of better quality, although all are made by their hands, old or new.
The white pairs are unusual; I had never seen any with white as the theme, and was told that these all harkened from Maasai who live in Tanzania, rather than Kenya.
The metal triangular decorations are called ndege, which means bird in Swahili. I love those!

*Maasai tribe upper ear jewelry*

These have been scanned smaller than life size. They are $30/pair.
We have several different combinations of colors of beadwork to choose from, please ask!

Several examples Maasai jewelry can be found in the seminal work Maasai,
as well as Africa Adorned (especially on p. 26-29);
examples of beaded leather earflaps are also shown on p.54 of A World of Earrings.

Maasai women's beaded earflaps

*Maasai beaded flaps and bracelets*

Maasai beaded leather ear flaps with connecting beads ($125),
along with beaded bracelets ($40/pair).
Please click on this thumnail to view a version at full size.

Maasai elder men's copper mindo earweights

*copper Maasai Masai men's mindo earring*

Newer Maasai elder men's copper mindo earweights. $30/pair. SOLD
A minimum of about 00ga is required for insertion.
Old mindo are shown on p.50 of A World of Earrings.


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to view our selection of ethnic jewelry from various parts of the world.



INDIA, NEPAL,
and TIBET



MAINLAND and
SOUTHEAST ASIA



THE
MIDDLE EAST



AFRICA



WESTERN
HEMISPHERE




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