|Title||Tuareg Silver Tubular Beads Mali Africa|
|Materials||metal (unknown metal content)|
|Approximate Age||late 20th century|
|Overall Condition||Good. Some of our beads have traveled at least three continents, and have graced numerous owners. Small chips, corrosion, and pitting are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.|
|Damage/Repair||Small dents, ends of beads can be jagged.|
|Pendant Size||7-8 mm diameter. See picture with penny for size comparison.|
|Strand Length||Minimum 32 inches (including string/rafia)|
Picture is an example. Yours will be similar.
Additional information: For more information, please see our comprehensive guide to African-made beads, African Beads: Jewels of a Continent, hardcover, 216 pages, 163 color photographs, available from Africa Direct.
The Tuareg are a nomadic people of Niger and surrounding countries. They are tall, and a Tuareg woman can pack an entire household on a camel in two hours. Their skin is blue-black, from the indigo rubbed into cloths wrapped around their faces to keep out the desert sun and sand.