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Moorish Drake Jewel

This jewel was given to Sir Francis Drake by Queen Elizabeth in 1580. It is currently on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Automated Moorish dice magician figurine

Rare solid wood automated Moorish dice magician figurine.
After being wound up, the figurine shows the dice on the tray with a wave of the hand, before covering them with a cup. Then he lifts the cup, revealing the dice are gone and are now sitting in his left palm. As his left hand closes, he lifts the cup to reveal the dice, back in their original place. Throughout the performance, the figurine moves his head back and forth, as if to survey the audience.
Made c.1840. Found in France. 34″ high.

Aztecs, Moors, and Christians: Festivals of Reconquest in Mexico and Spain by Max Harris

“Aztecs, Moors, and Christians: Festivals of Reconquest in Mexico and Spain” by Max Harris.
Published by University of Texas Press, in 2000.

“La Carassa” Mooorish heads in Spain

The “La Carassa” Moorish man costume is used in festivals, parades and holiday celebrations in Spain. Originally the heads were used as moving ornaments on church organs, that were operated by the organist. The eyes, mouth and tongue moved and candy would pour from the mouth of the head, on special occasions.


Moorish Arch in Liverpool, England

Moorish Arch at the Edge Hills railway station in Liverpool, England. Said to have been built in 1830.

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