Tent pole (ehel) - 2012.62.81.2_2

2012.62.81.2_2

Tent pole (ehel)

Maker: Unidentified Tuareg artist
Medium:Wood
Geography: Niger
Date: mid-late 20th Century
Dimensions:
3.2 x 132.7 x 20 cm
Object number: 2012.62.81.2
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust Fund
Not on view
Description

Intricately carved tent pole, constructed from one piece of dark brown hard wood. The top half of the pole is a flat panel with carved geometric designs created by carving out the negative space in geometric shapes. Tent poles are used to secure the structure of the tent and to hang wall mats and containers. This particular type was likely used to secure the mat placed around the bed. Because of its carvings and decorations, this was likely a prestige item intended to embellish the tent. Identical to 2012.62.81.1.

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