Rare tribal headpiece from the Zaiane tribe, Morocco
An antique decorated woven headband from the Zaïane tribe of the Middle Atlas Mountains, Morocco. Fourteen coins adorn the base, ranging in date from 1299-1321 in Hijri years, corresponding with 1881-1894 in the Gregorian calendar. Small coins with a similar date range dangle beneath the band. Coral, glass and plastic beads intersect and surround the coins. Two ‘Luha’ (representing the mirhab in a mosque) hang on either side of the headband, each with four dangles, coral pieces and engraved pieces. The ‘Luha’ are hallmarked ‘Fes 1915’ and some of the pieces also have hallmarks. Long woollen plaited strands with fringing tie the headband to the head. A fabulous collectible item.
Silver, coral, glass beads, silver coins & material
Overall length: 288.0 cm
Luha: 7.2 cm (h) x 3.5 cm (w). Inc. dangles: 7.7 cm
Band width: 5.5 cm
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