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Date: Mid-late 20th century
Medium: Silver alloy
Dimensions: H x W x D: 5.2 x 11 x 9.1 cm (2 1/16 x 4 5/16 x 3 9/16 in.)
Credit Line: Gift of Jerome Vogel
Geography: Macina region, Mali
Object Number: 2002-23-5
Search Terms:
Female use
Exhibited: Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts

The Tuareg from West and North Africa wear elaborate jewelry on festivals and holidays, when men and women alike depart from socially accepted standards of decorum that encourage a more restrained approach to everyday body ornamentation. A woman probably wore these highly decorated anklets. Tuareg women may inherit their jewelry from their mothers or receive it as gifts from their husbands when they marry. Silver is particularly valued because the Tuareg associate silver with clarity and happiness.

Hinged cast metal anklet, silver in color, with engraved linear and circular patterns ornamenting three rectangular design areas. Cast pins with protruding, rounded top and bottom are placed around the hinge and the central rectangular design area.

Jerome Vogel, New York, collected in Bamako, Mali, ca. 1996-1997 to 2002

Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Arts, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., November 4, 2017-ongoing

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