Vintage African Hand Carved Wooden Tuareg Vessel/Container with metal hammered banding. Completely utilitarian and a genuine used African artefact. Has the most amazing patina and smell.
The Tuareg tribal people inhabit the Saharan regions of North Africa including southern Algeria, western Libya, eastern Mali, and northern Niger. The Tuareg are semi-nomadic pastoralists, meaning that they travel with their grazing herds of camels, sheep and or goats across large areas of semi-arid or desert land, often crossing country borders on a seasonal basis but most also have a home base where they grow food crops which include millet, barley, wheat, maize, onions, tomatoes, and dates.
The word Tuareg is an Arabic term which means abandoned by God and is also spelled Twareg or Touareg. The Tuareg people refer to themselves as Imohag which translates to mean'freemen'. The true origin of the Tuareg - were they came from or when they arrived in the Sahara region is a mystery but some believe them to be descendants of the Berber natives of North Africa.
Tuareg culture is largely matrilineal and Tuareg women have high status and freedom within the tribe and participate in family and tribal decisions. Containers like this one are highly prized possessions of the Tuareg women and are passed down from one generation to the next, repaired and repaired again. Not only used but also collected by the women as status and decorative objects to be displayed in their huts. This antique hand carved Tuareg made container has carved engraved circular stripes on the outside and exhibits a very nice dark brown patina and various heavy wear from being used a lifetime or more. Measures: 19cmx 12cm x 12cm.
Excellent used vintage condition (please see photos) there are holes in parts of the banding, not sure whether theyre supposed to be there but they are equally around the pot so perhaps they are. The item "Vintage African Hand Carved Wooden Tuareg Vessel/Container Utilitarian Tribal" is in sale since Tuesday, February 23, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectables\Ethnographic Collectables\African Collectables". The seller is "kernow-curiosity-inc" and is located in Cornwall.This item can be shipped worldwide.