This vintage hand-crank grinder is made of tamarisk wood, with hand-engraved silver melange adornment, hand carved camel bone embellishments, and gemstones. Entirely handmade, this grinder was located in the High Atlas mountain town of Imlil, Morocco.
The grinder is made with old wood and hand-forged metal, possibly dating to the 1930s -1950s. The front of the grinder has a removable drawer. Both sides of the grinder have decorative silver designs: on one side is a large hamsa hand with a hefty piece of turquoise stone in the palm; the other side features the traditional Moroccan fibulae with brilliant red piece of coral in the middle. Under the designs is vibrantly decorated Tuareg leather, with colorful geometric designs.
The top is a combination of metalwork techniques: extensive embossed silver melange, hand-hammered by a native; repousse silver melange; and large rivets. Four triangles of camel bone are on each corner, carved with the traditional Moroccan evil eye. One side of the lid opens, and the handle turns easily and is further decorated with repousse and gemstones.
Used for grinding coffee or spices, this objet d'art is still fully functional. Entirely handmade by native Moroccan Berber artisans. It is early to mid-20th century in form, with decoration added at a later time.
Early to Mid-20th century
Measures approx. 12cm wide x 18cm tall (not including crank)
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