Magnificent pendant Tuareg Cross necklace with hand-etched silver and polished ebony. Black beads are onyx. Four additional silver tube beads, with additional decorative etching.
This item is 20th Century and comes directly from the Moroccan family who made it. A good luck charm for Tuareg nomads while crossing the Sahara Desert, this is used as a rudimentary compass. Very eye-catching and unique.
Total Length of Pendant: 11cm (4.3in)
Total Necklace Length: 47cm (18.5in)
Total Weight: 30g
The Tuareg are traditionally independent nomadic herders, crossing the southern Sahara desert by camel. Influential in the spread of Islam, they produce no masks or figures--prohibited in Islamic society--but instead create an impressive world of traditional, abstract, beautiful, functional objects of leather, wood and metal.
Tuareg jewelry is often characterized by the use large stones and distinctive etched patterns in elaborate silver work. Tuareg designs carry rich symbolism and meaning, often including elements of the night sky which guide them on their night time journeys through the desert. Each carefully etched line in Tuareg jewelry represents an important creature in tribal life, both human and animal.
All sales on Silver Sahara abide by fair trade principles, and benefit the native artisans to help ensure continuation of traditional craft techniques.
Handmade; please allow for minor imperfections. Please inquire with any questions or for more pictures.