Pendant (In Gall cross) - 2012.90.5_2


Pendant (In Gall cross)

Maker: Saidi Oumba, Tuareg
Medium:Silver, agate
Geography: Agadez, Niger
Date: 1988
4.5 x 2.7 cm, 0.4 cm
Object number: 2012.90.5
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust
Not on view
DescriptionA 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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