Earrings (chatchat) - 2012.90.42.1-2_3


Earrings (chatchat)

Maker: Sidi Oumba, Tuareg
Medium:Stone, silver
Geography: Azel, Niger
Date: 2001
4.5 x 1.8 x 0.7 cm
Object number: 2012.90.42.1
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust
Not on view
DescriptionA pair of black stone earrings with a silver top and hook. Each earring is made from a black stone carved in the shape of a cross with fine white engraved geometric designs. A tifinar engraving is found on the back of each earring. Some scholars have suggested that the pendants may represent little dolls. Gypsum chatchats are among the first items of jewellery given to girls, although these earrings are likely to have been made for the Western market.
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