Camel and rider figure - 2012.90.86_2


Camel and rider figure

Maker: Unidentified Tuareg artist
Medium:Nickel silver
Geography: Agadez, Niger
Date: 2004 ?
17.5 x 14.5 x 5 cm
Object number: 2012.90.86
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust
Not on view
DescriptionA nickel silver figure of a camel and rider. The rider sits cross-legged with a shield and spear in each hand. A sword, two bags and a bowl hang off the saddle. There is a loop on the camel's forehead and a bridle from nose to rider. The saddle, sword, shield, helmet, and bags are decorated with geometric engraved designs. Intended as a tourist object, this is a carefully and beautifully crafted work. It portrays a Tuareg warrior with his weapons and accoutrements. The sculpture is an ideal representation of Tuareg nobility and includes all of the material elements appropriate to a man of status.
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