Moroccan Traditional Handmade Jewelry: 1953
In 1953, the moroccan post under french protectorate issued a set of 3 stamps representing Moroccan traditional handmade jewelry.
The first stamp represents daggers from southern Morocco. The daggers’ handles and sheats are often decorated with traditional carvings and sometimes with precious stones.
The second stamp represents a pectoral from the city of Fez. Pectoral refers to a jewelry worn on the pictoral muscle, although it is usually worn at the midpoint of the breasts.
Pectoral existed in two forms: one type is attached with a necklace, meant to be suspended from the neck but to lie upon the breast. Another form was attached as a brooch, with, mainly on the chest. The form featured on the stamps is hooked using the fibulae (brooches) to the clothes at the level of the shoulders, allowing the pectoral to lie in the middle of the chest.
Pectorals, with mainly featuring deities were widely spread among rich people in ancient Egypt .
Catalogue Reference: Yvert & Teillier – 320 to 322.