Tuareg Hammer – African Currency – Niger

Early to mid 20th century. Bronze gr. 320,2 (11.29 oz.). Cm. 22,5 high x cm. 3,1 width (8.86” x 1.22”).

Rectangular bronze plate, both sides decorated with geometric incisions characteristic of Tuareg work. These hammers are used by Tuareg to break blocks of sugar.

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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