Pendant (In Gall cross) - 2012.90.12_4


Pendant (In Gall cross)

Maker: Saidi Oumba, Tuareg
Medium:Silver, agate
Geography: Agadez, Niger
Date: 1970s
5 x 3 cm, 0.5 cm
Object number: 2012.90.12
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust
Not on view

A small silver pendant in the shape of the cross of In Gall. This is one of 21 known crosses produced by Tuareg silversmiths. It consists of a silver ring which holds a bright red triangular piece of agate in a silver encasement. The encasement is intricately incised with linear and geometric designs and two scroll-like shapes flank the encasement. The ring part is stamped and incised with circular shapes and geometric designs. Such a pendant could be used for a necklace or earrings. A single necklace is worn by women on a daily basis, while on ceremonial occasions, they would wear multiple necklaces.

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