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Three-dimensional triangular pendant with hammered(?) design on both faces. A single large loop is attached to the top of the triangle, with a short length of chain threaded through. Each facet has a fish and berry(?) motif within a triangle band. Attached along the bottom edge (with one on each lower side) are nine rings, each with small pendants attached - six with two red beads and three with a long oblong piece followed by either a Khamsa or palm-shaped amulet, or crescent. One side has a small hole opening near the top edge.

History Of Use

The Kabyle, originally from northern Algeria, are one of the groups in North Africa generally referred to as Berber. Jewelry such as pendants, rings, bracelets, anklets, earrings and brooches were used as a way to accumulate family wealth, and would have made up a large share of a woman's dowry.


This collection of North African (Berber) and Yemeni jewelry (3395/1-12) is said to have been purchased by the donor's parents in the 1990s, from bazaars in Tripoli, Libya.

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