Vintage African Tuareg Ceremonial Knife
Vintage African Tuareg Ceremonial Knife
Vintage African Tuareg Ceremonial Knife
Vintage African Tuareg Ceremonial Knife
Vintage African Tuareg Ceremonial Knife
Vintage African Tuareg Ceremonial Knife
Vintage African Tuareg Ceremonial Knife
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Vintage African Tuareg Ceremonial Knife

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Heavily decorated brass Tuareg knife from Algeria with leather sheath. The handle and blade are both engraved with geometric patterns and the sheath is very well made from brass and cow hide. There are two brass rings for attaching to a belt.

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Tuareg, French Touareg, Berber-speaking pastoralists who inhabit an area in North and West Africa ranging from Touat, Algeria, and Ghadames, Libya, to northern Nigeria and from Fezzan, Libya, to Timbuktu, Mali. Their political organizations extend across national boundaries. In the 2010s there were estimated to be more than two million Tuareg.

The northern Tuareg live mainly in true desert country, whereas the southerners live primarily in steppe and savanna. The Tuareg consist of confederations including the Ahaggar (Hoggar) and Azjer (Ajjer) in the north and the Asben (Aïr Tuareg), Ifora, Itesen (Kel Geres), Aulliminden, and Kel Tademaket in the south. The southerners breed zebu cattle and camels, some of which are sold to the northern Tuareg. Raiding of caravans and travelers was important in pre-European times, as was caravan trading, which declined with the introduction of motor vehicles.