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Ear-ring made of silver-alloy. Made of one silver-alloy sheet shaped by cutting and hammering to form a cross-shaped figure. Three branches are terminated by semi-granule shaped trefoils whilst the fourth branch ends into two semi-granules surmounted by a circle into which had been passed the hook meant to hold the chain. The centre of the ear-ring is decorated with a bi-conic silver-alloy bead fixed by heating. The whole surface is decorated with incised geometrical figures.
The hook is made of a silver-alloy pin folded in three, with one sharp end, whilst the second end had been shaped by hammering and chiselling to form a triangular figure with the base chiselled in two sections, and decorated with an incised circle.
- Production date
- 1900-1950 (?)
- Curator's comments
- This old ear-ring was made by an unknown Inadan (metal artisan of the Tuareg/Tamashek people). The form is similar to the one known under the generic name of "boghdad" crosses, sometimes called also "Trarza crosses". This form is found in Northern Africa (Morocco), and also in the Sahara (Mauritania, Mali, Niger and beyond), and in the West-African Sahel band (Senegal, Mauritania, Mali and Burkina Faso). It is used in silver and brass work, leather work, gourd decoration, among others, and is associated with a talismanic function of protection and good fortune.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- 2006 (24 November)
- Acquisition notes
- Purchased during fieldwork and collecting trips to Mali by Dr Claude Ardouin (Dept of AOA) from 10 to 25 November 2006. Purchased from funds provided by Townley Group.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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