Old Tuareg Head Adornment – Niger


Mid 20th century. Silver, old venetian murrine, old glass beads, old resing beads, shells, granite disk, braided leather, cotton. Approx. max cm. 80,0 width x max cm. 40,0 high (31.5″ x 15.75″). Grams 125,2 (4.42 oz.).

The Tuareg people inhabit a large area, covering almost all the middle and western Sahara and the north-central Sahel. They are probably descended from the ancient Libyan people of the kingdom of the Garamantes, described by Herodotus. Tuareg are mostly nomads. For over two millennia, the Tuareg operated the trans-Saharan caravan trade connecting the great cities on the southern edge of the Sahara via five desert trade routes to the northern coast of Africa (Mediterranean).


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Weight125.2 g