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Wodaabe Fulani Leather Wallet Pouch with Tassels African Art

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Title Wodaabe Fulani Leather Wallet Pouch with Tassels African Art
Country of Origin Niger, Nigeria, Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso
People Wodaabe, Fulani, see also Tuareg
Materials leather, dyes, cardboard
Approximate Age 20th century or later
Dimensions Height: 15 Inches
Width: 3 Inches
Strap is 28 inches
Overall Condition Fair to good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use. We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings. Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair torn stitches, stains. scuffed weather

Additional Information: A handmade leather purse/wallet decorated with very finial geometric motifs and ended with leather fringes. Leather wallets like this one are found among the Wodaabe, Fulani, and Bororo. They were worn around the neck, under their cloth  or attached to the young men's dance costume during the Yaaka dance. The mirrors were used for the makeup.

The Wodaabe people also known as pastoral Fulani or Bororo. The Wodaabe are nomadic herders who live in northern Nigeria and Southwestern Niger. They are famous traders who travel across West African countries Western Africa selling and buying various products. The Wodaabe are well-known for their body adornment and their annual festival "Yaake" which is a kind of beauty contest that involves young men. "Yaake" festival is an occasion for young men to display their beauty, their charm, their virility and their personality. It is characterized by a series of dances called "gerewol" . At the end, a jury composed of three young women will select the best dancer and adorned man.

To see other examples of Ethnic jewelry from around the world please see A WORLD OF NECKLACES (Leurquin), AFRICA ADORNED (Fisher), JEWELS FROM ELSEWHERE (Maggi,Melesi, Pensotti) and ETHNIC JEWELRY (van der Star Collection) and THE SPLENDOR of ETHNIC JEWELRY (Borel).