Exquisite engraved Authentic TOUAREG silver cross jewelry tribal Berber vintage Mali Africa Sahara
Handcrafted African Tuareg Berber
Perfect for display and collectors!
Real Original VintageTuareg, African, early 20th century, silver
beautiful engraved TOUAREG silver amulet
Material: Silver, positively tested on silver content by myself (tribal silver usually consists of melted coins, so it's hard to tell its purity).
Excellent age and patina, characteristic traces of wear/use (see photos)
Age: early to mid-20th century
Length: 3.3"/ 8,5 cm
Wide max: 1.5"/ 4 cm
Weight: 15 g
All my Tuareg pieces were bought by myself for my private collection in Africa in the 90s.
Please have a look at my other Tuareg pieces:
Tuareg cross sourced in Mali-Niger border, is embossed and etched with Tuareg motifs of these semi-nomadic tribes and low silver content.
This is just a beautiful example of this type of traditional Tuareg art form. The silver is gorgeous, with a nice luster, typical of older Tuareg pieces and it was most likely made from old European coins that were melted down, along with some other silver-colored metals. The workmanship is very nice, with bold etching in the silver.
"The Tuareg live in one of the most inhospitable areas of the planet: the central part of the Sahara Desert. Their whole existence, difficult and precarious, is dominated by an overriding concern to protect and defend themselves from hostile supernatural forces that inhabit the surrounding environment – the ” Jinn ” (evil spirits, from the terrible Ghul to the Ifrit, no less cruel in tending traps to travelers) – and gain the protection of beneficial genies.
The same typical turban – the litham – that completely covers the face of the Tuareg except the eyes, has the primary function of protecting the “gates of the soul” (mouth and nostrils) from the Jinn. But the main instruments of protection are the amulets and talismans. Every Tuareg, man or woman, old or young child , has an amulet or a talisman: leather ( the gri-gri ) or silver (the khomissar , the tcherot , the herz), often contain magic formulas, powders of animal and / or vegetable or verses from the Koran. Very often one stands out among these talismans: the upper part is a ring and the lower part is a lozenge-shaped with small tips: this is the Tuareg Cross."
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