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Tuareg Necklace Silver Pendant Africa

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Title Tuareg Necklace Silver Pendant Africa
Materials Silver metal (unknown silver content), glass
Made In Mali
Traded In Africa
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 Broken pendant
People Tuareg
Object Size 5-6 mm diameter. See image with penny for size comparison (US penny is 19 mm diameter.)
Necklace Length 18 inches
Pendant Size 1.5 x 1.25 inches. Please see picture with penny for size comparison.
Strand Length 27 inches (including string/raffia).
Brand Unbranded

A Tuareg pendant decorated with intricate abstract designs, on a strand of black trade 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).