Photographs © Tim Hamill
TUAREG, SADDLE 17, 8h. x 10" l. x 9" w., $500, Niger
The Tuareg are fiercely independent nomadic people. On the move with their herds and camels over vast areas of the southern Sahara, they create an impressive world of traditional, functional objects of leather which was their primary material due to its durability, lightness and flexibility. Masters of geometric abstract design, the Tuareg fashioned objects ranging from saddlebags to cushions to tent mats that were painted and molded, embroidered, engraved and fringed.
This miniature horse saddle might have served either as a child's toy or as a craftsman's model.
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