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Vintage African Tuareg Tribal Jewelry Khomeissa Necklace

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Price: $198.00
Item Number: INK-4675-NK

Large Tuareg Khomeissa Vintage Necklace from Africa

This unusual vintage necklace is a traditional Khomeissa that was handcrafted during the mid 1900's by Tuareg tribal jewelry artisans using shell and layered leather.

A  Khomeissa pendant is shaped like a hamsa amulet, or stylized hand that is said to protect against the evil eye and bring good fortune.

The large pendant was made using layers of dark brown leather topped with 5 conch shell plates. It hangs from a braided green cord with a button clasp.

Tuareg society is remarkably egalitarian and women are highly regarded. Many note that Tuareg women do not cover their heads, but Tuareg men do (perhaps to protect themselves from the harsh desert winds).

The proud nomadic Tuareg have lived for centuries along the northern span of Africa, and indeed call themselves "the first people" in this region.

Measurements (1 inch = 2.54 cm):
     Length = 17 inches, neckline circumference
     Pendant size = 3 inches wide x 2-3/4 inches long x 1/2 inch thick
     Weight = 1.9 oz
     Shipping Weight = 8 oz
     Material = Shell; Leather; Twine

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