‘Conquistador’ chest decorated with filigreed Moroccan metalwork and red Coral

Conquistador or Jewellery Chest

This Moroccan 'Conquistador' chest has been handcrafted from wood in a shape similiar to that of the old Spanish treasure chests. Designed to store jewellery as a Dowry chest or paperwork. It has extensive decorative filigree work in silver and brass metals. The larger shields of silver metal have centrepieces of red coral which decorate this interesting and unique jewellery chest. Further decoration on the Conquistador Chest is provided by geometric shaped camel bone pieces, which have been dyed with natural saffron and spaced across the wooden surfaces. This is an old Berber North African piece, age unknown. It would make a special gift for a man or woman and certain to become a treasured piece to be passed down through the family. Size: 41cm x 33cm x 23cm

The prescence of Spain in North Africa

Spain has maintained a prescence in northwest Africa since the 1400's, when the Moors left the Iberian Peninsula and returned to North Africa to live. In 1912, Spain had sovereignty over the territory known as Spanish Sahara, now Western Sahara. An area between the Atlantic Ocean and the boundaries of Morocco, Algeria and Mauritania. Morocco achieved independence in1956 and the Saharan region was not returned to Moroccan control until 1975. The Spanish influence is evident today throughout Morocco in the food, the architectural styles,  decorative metalwork and in the stunning ceramic designs and artwork. Spain continues today to rule over the North African Mediterranean port cities of Melilla and Ceuta and three very small islands in the Mediterranean.


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