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have qualities rather than gifts ; a strange mixture of qualities, the warlike and semi-nomad, with the sedentary and pastoral. If the Arab remains faithful to the old Mohamedaii precept,

"Where is

enters the plough, there enters shame also," the Berber not ashamed to show his natural love of the earth and its

Garbed

seasons.

in

rough material of

gun he has himself turned out upon fields,

watch

his bee-hives,

his

own manufacture,

his shoulder,

humblest

eat the

the

he can sow his

fare, dispense

with

the most rudimentary forms of cleanliness, and yet try his hand which indicate taste and a certain refinement.

at the very arts

These

rude

people

have

always

shown genuine

ornament, excelling in its manufacture as the The fact that their women are neither shut

taste

for

Arabs never have.

up nor veiled has

encouraged the wearing of fantastic jewellery, and with silver,

enamel and strongly

coral,

and

characteristic

a

few ill-shaped pearls, they turn out

Not unlike

work.

a

ruder peasant have been influenced the

jewellery of Italy, the Berber art may, like it, by the Orient, but no Arab influence has ever affected the Berber

workmanship and

in it

no geometrical designs

An

interesting suggestion preserving the Kabyle jewellery

has

are ever found.

been made

as a

means of

from suffering through the bad of to which the Berber to-day is only or ignorant foreigners It is too eager to pander. suggested that instead of buying from the women who purposely load themselves direct Kabyle taste

an inferior quality of ornament, despoiling their wrists, arms and ankles to every bidder, the purchaser should apply directly to a section of the Algerian Museum, devoted to collectwith

—

those, for instance, turned ing only the best specimens for sale out by the Beni-Yenni tribe. The same practice, indeed, is " finds " of followed in a more serious way with the Egypt in

Museum. know that the Kabyle

the Cairo

We

jewellery exhibited in the

Paris

Exhibition of 1900 was entirely pseudo-Arab, manufactured in

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