Pendant (Cross of Zinder) - 2012.90.119_1

2012.90.119_1

Pendant (Cross of Zinder)

Maker: Unidentified Tuareg artist
Medium:Silver
Geography: North Africa
Date: late 20th century
Dimensions:
5.5 x 2.4 x 1.1 cm
Object number: 2012.90.119
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible with the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust
Not on view
DescriptionTypical cross of Zinder made from a single piece of silver. This is one of 21 known "regional" crosses produced by Tuareg silversmiths. It is composed of a large ring with engraved sides and a small flat point at one end. The other end of the ring has a larger cone shaped knob with one line engraved on the square plate under the knob. 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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