|Title||Tuareg Necklace Silver Pendant Africa|
|Other Names||Love Beads|
|Materials||Silver metal (unknown silver content), glass|
|Approximate Age||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||Cracks, chips and a well worn patina|
|Object Size||4-6 mm diameter.|
|Necklace Length||18 inches|
|Pendant Size||2.75 x 1.25 inches. Please see picture with penny for size comparison.|
|Strand Length||34 inches (including string/raffia).|
A Tuareg pendant decorated with intricate abstract designs, on a strand of black beads.
Additional information: 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.
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.
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).