Vintage Tuareg lock with keys - large and rare
A beautiful vintage Tuareg lock made of silver with detailed copper and brass decorative work and engraved motifs. It also features inlaid wood and pieces of glass. The lock comes with three equally ornate keys to unlock the traditional mechanism. A stunning unique collector’s piece of high quality - large and rare..
Second half 20th century
Silver, brass, wood, copper & glass
16.5 cm (h) x 25.8 cm (w) x 7.5 cm (d)
Tuareg people use a lock (tanast) and key (asrou) to secure their large leather bags containing personal possessions whilst travelling in the desert regions. These locks are often large and cumbersome with very intricate mechanisms and more than one key is needed to unlock them. In fact, more complex mechanisms need 3 or 4 keys to be used in sequence in order to gain access. They are made by artisans specialising in this craft using silver, metal, copper, brass or aluminium and are highly decorative, often featuring engraved work. The vintage locks in our collection are very rare and of high quality and aesthetically pleasing.