Tuareg tanfouk and zinder necklace from Niger
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.
Assembled late 20th century
Silver alloy zinder & agate tanfouk
13 x red tanfouk & 17 x green tanfouk
9 x silver alloy zinder cross
52.0 cm full length
Each tanfouk 4.5 cm (l) x 3.0 cm (w)
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.