If you’re Moroccan growing up with heritage, traditions and old customs, the first thing that would come to mind when seeing this piece is Hammam days. You would smell Henna, roses and herbal essences. You would remember running away from your mother’s exfoliating glove and sliding on soapy floors with your neighborhood friends. This piece is the small version of what Moroccans call “Kbiba”, it is usually made of copper but this one adds touches of camel bone, and is used to get water to wash up in the Hammam. Though the one in the picture is made for decorative purposes, the “Kbiba” takes us back to a history of ancestral rituals.
Beauty and vanity were kept a mystery in the Moroccan culture. Which is why mirrors were kept in the “Kobba” or the private chambers of Moroccan Riads. Hence, the “Kobba” shape or the pointy head in almost all old mirrors.