Tent pole - 2012.62.3_1_3K


Tent pole

Maker: Unidentified Tuareg artist
Geography: Mali or Niger
Date: 20th century
75.5 x 10.5 x 6 cm
Object number: 2012.62.3
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust Fund
Not on view

Tent pole carved from a single piece of wood with knob at the top, a wider flat panel for the middle and a thinner forked section at the base. The panel in the middle is divided into five sections which are intricately carved with geometric and linear designs. These types of poles were carved by local male artisans (inadan) and were part of a married woman's possessions. Such poles would be used to hold a woman's tent and would also become part of her palanquin or saddle when she would move her possessions from one camp to the next.

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