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Old African Tuareg Tribal Jewelry Khomeissa Necklace

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Tuareg jewelry necklace
Tuareg jewelry necklace
Price: $188.00
Item Number: INK-4679-NK

Old 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 is shaped like a stylized hand, or hamsa amulet 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. The pendant hangs from multiple black onyx stands with a cord-button clasp. At 15 inches long, this necklace fits a slender neck.

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

Measurements (1 inch = 2.54 cm):
     Length = 15 inches, neckline circumference (slender neck)
     Pendant size = 3 inches wide x 2-3/4 inches long x 1/2 inch thick
     Weight = 1.5 oz
     Shipping Weight = 7 oz
     Material = Shell, Leather, Twine, Glass beads

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