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Tuareg Leather Saddle Cushion Fringed Mali African Art

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Title Tuareg Leather Saddle Cushion Fringed 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
Dimensions Width: 28 Inches
Depth: 45 Inches
9 inch tassels
Overall Condition Fair to Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Missing a tassel and stained.

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