Jewellery Chest

‘Conquistador’ Jewellery Chest decorated with filigreed Moroccan metalwork and red Coral

Conquistador or Jewellery Chest

This Moroccan 'Conquistador' or Jewellery chest, has been handcrafted from Acacia wood in a shape similiar to that of the old Spanish treasure chests. Designed by Berber craftsmen in Morocco. This is a lovely handcrafted piece which can be used as a decorative piece in the living room or to store special pieces of jewellery. Perfect as a gift for yourslf, or someone you love. There is extensive decorative filigree work on this chest, in silver and brass metals. The larger shields of silver metal also have centre pieces of red coral, which decorate this unique chest. Diamond-shaped camel bone pieces have also been used to decorate the 'Conquistador' Chest. The camel bone has been dyed with natural saffron. Often in times past, a bride to be may be given a chest such as this before she married. Traditionally made of wood and known as a Dowry chest, they were decorated as elaborately as means would allow. The Dowry chest became a status symbol when the bride arrived at her new home. This unique 'Conquistador' chest is certain to become a treasured piece, to be passed down through the family. It would also make a special gift for a man or woman. This is an old Berber piece from North Africa. The age is unknown.

Size:

41 cm x 33 cm x 23 cm

The presence of Spain in North Africa

Spain has maintained a presence in northwest Africa since the 1400's, when the Moors left the Iberian Peninsula and returned to live in North Africa. In 1912, Spain had sovereignty over the territory known as Spanish Sahara, now known as Western Sahara. This is an area between the Atlantic Ocean and the boundaries of Morocco, Algeria and Mauritania. Morocco achieved independence in 1956 and the Saharan region was not returned to Moroccan control until 1975. Today, Spain continues to rule over the North African Mediterranean port cities of Melilla and Ceuta. In addition, Spain also controls another three small islands in the Mediterranean. Spanish traditions still continue to influence the food, the architectural styles, decorative metalwork and also the stunning ceramic designs and artwork in Morocco. If you like this style of Berber craftsmanship we have a small 2 door mirror you may like to view.

$950.00

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