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Silver and Carnelian pendant from Africa

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Comment by Eva Baby on December 7, 2011 at 16:13

@Hi Karie, I just uploaded 3 Tuaregcrosses, one is such an Ingall with a blue glassstone. The others are Agadez crosses, but please read the description, if it interests you. They are rather big ones, approx. 5,5 - 6 cm. The one with the green glassstone, which I mentioned, is small (perhaps for hair deco), only 2.5 cm.

Comment by Karie on December 7, 2011 at 15:33

Hi Eva!..Thank you for your interesting comments...I really appreciate all the info...It sure is exciting learning about these pieces.

Comment by Eva Baby on December 7, 2011 at 15:27

As Sarah said, these are called InGall-Cross, although not in the form of a cross. They make part of the 21 Niger Tuareg crosses. This one is very nice and also the photo. Some are made of glass stones (the triangle, usually red and blue, but I have even a green one), some I have seen where the triangle is made of metal. Small ones are worn in the hair sometimes or as earrings. When I was in Gao (Tuareg city in the northeast of Mali, base for travels to Kidal), I was given a necklace with an In Gall pendant with a small red glassstone. It is interesting, although they are considered of origin in Niger, they are are used in the other Tuareg countries as well, but I think Algeria has other designs.

Comment by SARAH CORBETT on December 7, 2011 at 14:11

Very interesting piece,,, it is a cross of Ingall a saharan town, it looks to be based on a fulani decoratigve ring too...unusual and pleasing design




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