Pendant (Cross of Agadez) - 2012.90.113_1

2012.90.113_1

Pendant (Cross of Agadez)

Maker: Unidentified Tuareg artist
Medium:Silver
Geography: North Africa
Date: late 20th century
Dimensions:
8 x 5 cm, 0.4 cm
Object number: 2012.90.113
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust
Not on view
DescriptionA cross of Agadez made from a single plate of silver. This is one of 21 known "regional" crosses produced by Tuareg silversmiths. The top portion is a circular ring with a triangular protrusion at the top flanked by two small "ears" and two larger lobes. The bottom section is a slim lozenge shape with concave sides with points ending in slim pointed knobs. There is geometric designs and circular motifs engraved on the flat surface of the cross on both the front and back. Such a pendant could be used for a necklace or earrings. A single necklace is worn by women on a daily basis, while on ceremonial occasions, they would wear multiple necklaces.
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