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Large Vintage Tuareg Tribal Jewelry Khomeissa Necklace from Africa

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Vintage Tuareg Khomeissa
Vintage Tuareg KhomeissaAngle view showing detailShown with ruler and coinLayers of leatherKhomeissa on ManikinKhomeissa on ManikinClose up khomeissa pendantVintage African Necklace
Price: $225.00
Item Number: INK-945-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. The Khomeissa pendant is shaped like a stylized 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 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 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 = 17 inches, neckline circumference
     Pendant size = 3 inches wide x 2-1/4 inches long x 3/4 inch thick
     Weight = 1.9 oz
     Shipping Weight = 8 oz
     Material = Shell; Leather; Twine

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