Old wooden Tuareg tent pole

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Lenght: 96 cm

Width: 16 cm


Wood is cherished in harsh enviroments such as the Sahel and the Sahara Desert. It is used in a number of utensils from bowls to camel saddles. A variety of poles is used in the tents -jaima- as mat supports, as hangers for bags, etc. They are often richly decorated and they may then turn into symbols of status. This particular piece is called -ame ssaqqab-. It is used inside the -jaima- and, four of them, are used to set a sort of litter on a camel. Original repairs. Attractive patina, beatifully carved and minutely engraved.

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