Kasriya Couscous Plate , berber zagora plate wood




  • Handmade
  • Vintage from the 1970s
  • Ships from a small business in


  • Materials: wood

This vintage Tuareg serving bowl, called a Kasriya, was sourced from the southern Moroccan town of Zagora. Traditionally used for serving the requisite Friday couscous, this polished ebony wood bowl has a large inlaid carved Khannjar dagger made of camel bone. Additional carved circular camel bone pieces have been inlaid and stained with henna for a slight orange tone.

Nailed into the base of the bowl are seven copper-nickel coins dating to the French Protectorate era of Moroccan rule. Although nearly pounded to obscurity, the coins date this item from the early to mid-1900s and have had a border tapped into them. Silver melange repousse flowers provide further decoration, along with decorative metal rivets.

The sides of the bowl have four hand-forged silver melange Tuareg Southern Crosses, a common motif representing compasses used to cross the Sahara Desert. The coins are again nearly obliterated, but are henna-dyed brass-plated steel coins from Libya, an area also known for Tuareg nomads. Large silver metal rivets complete the visually pleasing pattern of colors and metals.

AGE: 1970s

MATÉRIEL: wood bois

TAILLE: 47 cm / 47 cm

POIDS: 2000 grammes

The touareg family of Niger has been making jewelry for more than 25 generations.
They are famous for their high quality hand crafted jewelry – using 99.99% pure fine silver,
ebony and semi precious stones. The traditionally nomadic Tuareg are indigenous to the Sahara desert.
They are often called “the Blue People of the desert” due to the indigo dye they use on their garments that stains their skin.
The tuareg family collective lives in both Agadez and Niamey, Niger.
Over 50 silversmiths present their artistry. Each piece is hand hammered,
beautifully engraved with the symbolism and motifs of countless generations.
Proceeds support an entire community’s culture and craft.

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