|Title||Tuareg Camel Saddle Leather Mali African Art Collection|
|Type of Object||Leatherwork, Saddle|
|Country of Origin||Niger or Mali|
|Materials||Leather, wood, metal|
|Approximate Age||20th century|
|Overall Condition||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.|
The Tuareg people of Niger were traditionally nomadic people, moving with their camels and goats. They don't have masking traditions and don't
carve or use statues for ritual purposes. Instead they make beautiful jewelery, leather work and carved wooden tent posts, as well as other utilitarian
The Tuareg word for saddle is térik, and the saddle shown above is called "tamzak". Other utilitarian objects, usually saddle bags or "camel
trappings" will adorn the saddles making for a beautiful and colorful overall display, as can be seen in links further down on this page.
From the Collection of Robert Pearson, Denver, Colorado
Bob Pearson began collecting African art later in his life. He was a n engineer, inveterate climber, and long-time collector of books and paintings. Spurred by the Douglas Society at the Denver Museum of Art, and his friendship with noted collector George Heggarty, he began building an enormous, eclectic collection. His African art library grew to several hundred books. He loved textiles and “material culture”-things which had domestic use, like spoons, cups, stools, and chairs, as well as masks and carvings. His collection included items from more than thirty African countries, and his fine eye gave him pieces ranging from a golddust scale to huge Dogon figural ladders. Africa Direct is honored to have been chosen to sell them.