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  • African Tuareg Silver Pendant (Zinder Cross)

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    This beautiful silver pendant (also known as a Zinder cross, although it is not related to the Christian symbol) was handmade by the Tuareg people.  The Tuareg are a traditionally nomadic Berber tribe who live principally in the Sahara desert and are known for their metal and leather work.  Its design represents a town, village or region in Niger.  It is often worn as a pendant in necklaces or as a hair ornament.  It may be coupled with an agate as a protective symbol against the evil eye.  This piece measures 2" (51 mm) high by 0.875" (22 mm) wide.  Its weight is 10 grams.  Age and grade of silver are unknown.  In very good condition with a wonderful patina.