|Tuareg "tamzak" camel saddle
|A beautiful saddle made by the Tuareg from Niger.
Approximately 31 1/2" tall, 11" across the seat, from back to pummel 11".
Wood, metal, leather, pigments.
Ex Peter Berman collection
The Tuareg people of Niger were traditionally nomadic people, moving with their camels and goats. They don't have masking traditions and don't
carve or use statues for ritual purposes. Instead they make beautiful jewelery, leather work and carved wooden tent posts, as well as other utilitarian
The Tuareg word for saddle is térik, and the saddle shown above is called "tamzak". Other utilitarian objects, usually saddle bags or "camel
trappings" will adorn the saddles making for a beautiful and colorful overall display, as can be seen in links further down on this page.
This object is currently being offered for sale at www.DiscoverAfricanArt.com
Photos and information below for reference purposes
Tuareg, Early 20th century
Hoggar region, Sahara Desert, North Africa
1926 Logan Sahara Expedition
In the collection of the Logan Museum
to go to great reference site on Tuareg
saddles with some great photos
The Hamill Gallery in Boston has a
fantastic selection of Tuareg objects in
CLICK HERE to go to the page on their
site for their objects.
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