Africa | Old Idar-Oberstein (German) "Tanfouk or Talhakimt" that was traded into North Africa in the mid 19th century. The silver is not original, but given that these pieces were so highly valued by the Tuareg and other Berber people, the silver has either been added as a repair or as additional decoration. These types of Tanfouk would have been woven into the hair or worn as a pendant | Sourced in Mauritania | 40 × 25 × 4mm ~ ¥ 9,000
Africa | Old Tuareg Veil Weight ~ " assrou n' swoul ", generally translated as " the key which is thrown over the shoulder ". This elaborate key-like pendant is often worn by wealthier women as a counterweight to keep their head-cloths or robes from being blown away by the Sahara's winds. | Brass, silver and copper.