Art of Berber Women

The catalogue for the Ideqqi exhibition, the art of Berber women, presents the first synthetic approach to the art of Berber pottery in Algeria, which is specifically female. It is based on the particularly rich collections in the Quai Branly Museum.

After the Introduction by Marie-France vivier, the exhibition curator, Ernest Hamel sketches a historical panorama of Kabyla pottery.  Dalila Marsly’s contributions explain the different functions of the objects in the exhibition, mainly through their domestic uses.

Finally, the last contribution by Marie-France Vivier enables the reader to understand the symbolism of the decorative elements, by comparing some compositions with, for instance, the tattoos on Kabyla women who were photographed 40 years ago by Marc Garanger.


96 pages in 20 cm x 26 cm format
62 colour plates and 97 illustrations (catalogue raisonné)
3 maps
price : 25 €
isbn 2-915133-59-2 / 978-88-7439-381-7

A co-publication by the musée du quai Branly/5 Continents

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exhibition curator

Marie-France Vivier, honorary curator, in charge of North African collections in the Quai Branly Museum. She is also the author of Une passion pour l’art africain (Joël Cuenot, 2005), Algérie, mémoire de femmes (Paris-Musées 2003).




Ernest Hamel, collector of Algerian pottery
Claude Presset, potter, specialising in pottery and ceramics techniques.
Dalila Marsly, university professor.

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