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Tuareg Hairpin Aluminum Mali Africa

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Title Tuareg Hairpin Aluminum Mali Africa
Type of Object Hairpin
Country of Origin Mali
People probably Tuareg
Materials unknown metal content
Approximate Age 20th century
Height (in) 2.75
Width (in) 0.5
Dimensions Height: 2.75 Inches
Width: 0.5 Inches
Overall Condition Good
Damage/Repair Minor scratches and general wear

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).