Tuareg Earring – TSABIT – MaliTuareg Earring – TSABIT – Mali

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Tuareg Earring – TSABIT – MaliTuareg Earring – TSABIT – Mali

Mid 20th century – Solid silver gr. 77,1 (2.72 oz); cm. 6,3 (2.48”) high x cm. 5,3 (2.08”) width.

An expression of tribal identity and of social status of the woman who wears them, jewels are also a form of savings, available in times of economic crisis in nomadic society.

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 live in one of the most inhospitable areas of the planet: their whole existence, difficult and precarious, is dominated by an overriding concern to protect and defend themselves from supernatural forces that inhabit the hostile environment – the “Jinn” (evil spirits, from the terrible Ghul, to Ifrit, no less cruel in tending traps to travelers) – and gain the protection of beneficial genes.

Tuareg are mostly nomads. For over two millennia, they 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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