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Tuareg Fringed Leather Tent Hanging Mali African Art

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Title Tuareg Fringed Leather Tent Hanging Mali African Art
Type of Object Leatherwork
Country of Origin Niger or Mali
People Tuareg
Materials Leather, dyes, wood, plastic, telephone wire?
Approximate Age 20th century
Height (in) 24
Width (in) 19
Overall Condition Fair.
Damage/Repair Broken fringe, wear, fading and small holes

Additional Information: This colorful panel made of leather comes from the Tuareg a nomadic people living in number of countries including Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal , Burkina Faso. Tuareg people are known as tough traders who travel from place to place to buy and sell various products. They are also known for their wonderful jewelry and their leather works such as this leather panel.

The Tuareg use this type of panels to decorate the interior of their tent. Such decorative leathers will hang on the wall to beautify their living space. the panel was made with colorful dyed leather strips and nicely ornamented with geometric motifs. The work is in very good condition and still good to hang on the wall.

Further Reading:

Thomas K. Seligman, ART OF BEING TUAREG. Sahara Nomads in A Modern World, Exhibition, Cantor Arts Center and UCLA Fowler, 2006- see Exhibition preview in African Arts, Volume XXXIX, N0 3, Autumn 2006, pp.56-79