Tuareg tanfouk and zinder necklace from Niger

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A stunning collection of vintage elements combine to make this beautiful necklace. The tanfouk are made of orange/brown and green agate which were used by Tuareg women individually as hair ornaments, rings or on a simple leather cord as a necklace. The zinder crosses were often used as currency. Frequently worn together, the tanfouk and zinder were perceived to be protection against harm. The necklace is bound in fabric. A real tribal statement piece.

Date:

Assembled late 20th century

Material:

Silver alloy zinder & agate tanfouk
13 x red tanfouk & 17 x green tanfouk
9 x silver alloy zinder cross
Fabric binding

Dimensions:

52.0 cm full length
Each tanfouk 4.5 cm (l) x 3.0 cm (w)

Weight:

335.0 g

Ref:

NEC-808

References:

Fisher, A. (1998). Africa Adorned. New York: H. Abrams, pp. 186, 211 & 221.
Rabaté, M. (2015). Bijoux du Maroc. ACR, Paris-Là Défense, p 157.


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