This Moroccan hammer is sourced from the southern Morocco desert town of Zagora by way of Mali. Used by Tuareg nomads while crossing the Sahara Desert, this hammer is made to break up large bricks of sugar in order to sweeten Morocco's infamous "Maghrebi Mint Tea". No longer used, it is difficult to find these hammers, especially in good condition.
Entirely handmade, the head of this ornate tool is delicately etched in traditional geometric Tuareg designs. The top of the hammer head is mainly silver melange, with two etched brass diamonds securely welded on. The underside of the hammer head is also silver, with strips of brown leather on the edges of both sides of the hammer, and two small leather diamond decorations. These two metal pieces are separated by the distinctive Tuareg method of stacking pressed ebony wood, silver, and leather.
This stacked design is repeated four times down the shaft of the hammer, with the largest containing a wider piece of solid square brass. Both tips of the shaft are wrapped in brass, while the center of the shaft has a sculpted piece of etched brass separating the square and round wood of the shaft. Three small strips of ebony have been inserted on opposite sides of the square shaft, and the bottom of the hammer has an elliptical piece of silver split by additional stacked wood and leather.
The shaft wood itself is polished mahogany.
|11in tall||5.88in wide||1.63in deep|