Tuareg silver key, assrou n’swoul
An authentic silver Tuareg key called assrou n’ swoul - literally meaning ‘the key thrown over the shoulder’. This type of key is used by many Tuareg women as a counterweight that is attached to the back of their veil to keep it in place. This one has ancient Berber Tifinagh script on the reverse. A lovely item.
Second half 20th century
17.6 cm (h) x 4.9 cm (w)
Grammet, I. and Meersman, M. (1998). Splendeurs du Maroc. Tervuren (Belgique): Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale, p 277.