c Vintage Moroccan Berber Beaded Water Flask – Silver Sahara
Vintage Moroccan Berber Beaded Water Flask
Vintage Moroccan Berber Beaded Water Flask
Vintage Moroccan Berber Beaded Water Flask
Vintage Moroccan Berber Beaded Water Flask

Vintage Moroccan Berber Beaded Water Flask

Regular price $1,400.00 Sale

This antique flask was sourced in the southern Morocco desert town of Zagora. Passed down through generations, this flask was traditionally attached to a camel saddle and filled with water for crossing the Sahara desert.   Entirely handmade, the flask is made of copper, heavily etched and hammered, with a sheet of silver melange welded to the front, and a copper sheet welded to the back. The silver sheet is carved and chased with a tribal design; the back has a simpler flower design and border with flourishes. The flask opens and closes with a still functional brass "cork", topped with a metal ring. From the side of the flask are two brass wings, chased and soldered on with silver melange.  Threaded on a waxed cord on the left side of the flask are large beads of copal, malachite and agate. This single strand breaks into four smaller strands filled with coral, agate, ebony, onyx, amber, shell, glass and tiger's eye beads. These regroup into a single strand of larger copal, agate and malachite beads, which finally ends in two cords of braided black wool that are tied at the end with cord and allowed to fringe.  The right side is nearly identical, except there are five smaller strands, and in additional to the same gemstones found on the left, there is also amethyst, lapis lazuli, turquoise, jasper, and more. Again the small strands end in twin wool braids, with a curly tuft at the end.