Pendant (Cross of Tahoua) - 2012.90.118_1


Pendant (Cross of Tahoua)

Maker: Unidentified Tuareg artist
Geography: North Africa
Date: late 20th century
9.3 x 5.5 x 0.6 cm
Object number: 2012.90.118
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust
Not on view
DescriptionA cross of Tahoua made from a single plate of silver. This is one of 21 known "regional" crosses produced by Tuareg silversmiths. The top portion is a circular ring with a triangular protrusion at the top flanked by two small "ears." The bottom section is a lozenge shape with concave sides with points ending in rounded knobs. There are linear and geometric designs engraved on the flat surface of the cross on both the front and back. Two triangular shapes pointing away from each other and two small circular shapes are cut out of the metal body of the lower portion of the cross. 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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