The Qatar-Morocco 2024 Year of Culture was officially inaugurated with the opening of the ‘Berber Jewelry Collection from the Royal Palace’ exhibition at the Museum of Islamic Art.

‘Berber Jewelry Collection from the Royal Palace’ features more than 200 historical and culturally significant pieces from Morocco’s Oudayas, National Museum of Adornment in Rabat. The Royal Palace Collection represents the diverse regions of Morocco, from the Atlas Mountains to the southern provinces.

The exhibition marks the first time the collection will be exhibited outside of Morocco, offering a unique window into the nation’s culture.

 On view through 20 May 2024, the exhibition of Berber silver jewellery from the Oudayas, National Museum of Adornment, pays homage to the artisans who meticulously crafted these treasures and honours, in particular, the women who have safeguarded these traditions.

These artefacts, showcasing various techniques, forms, and materials, reveal the regional traits of key jewellery production centres in Morocco and reflect Morocco’s rich heritage, demonstrating artistry in wirework, inlaying, and the use of coral, amber, glass, beads, and coins.

 

Common motifs, including geometric patterns and stylised depictions of nature, connect to the Berber people’s nomadic lifestyle, echoing their deep bond with nature and the environment.

‘Berber Jewelry Collection from the Royal Palace’ is organised by the National Foundation of Museums of the Kingdom of Morocco and the Museum of Islamic Art. It was coordinated by the Qatar-Morocco 2024 Year of Culture’s General Commissioner, Adel El Fakir.

 

The exhibition is the inaugural programme for the Qatar-Morocco 2024 Year of Culture, which spearheads long-lasting cultural partnerships between Qatar and other nations. It exists to promote respect and understanding among diverse cultures by developing programmes related to all aspects of culture, recognising it as the fabric of our daily lives.

 

More than 80 events, including exhibitions, exchanges, and other programmes, are planned throughout the year in both countries.

To find out more about the exhibitions, exchanges, and other programmes happening for the Qatar-Morocco 2024 Year of Culture, please click here or follow their Instagram. To learn more about the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), please visit their website: mia.org.qa


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