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13282000Tuareg saddleTuareg saddles are designed to carry various travel bags hanging from the flanks of the camel. Tuareg saddleTuareg saddles are designed to carry various travel bags hanging from the flanks of the camel. Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition/public/multimedia/2008.4.369_e_0.jpg?itok=GeST7dseLe Havre Museum of Natural History – Photo credit : C. Livonnen
1000664They are characterised by their cross-shaped handle. They are characterised by their cross-shaped handle. Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition_portrait/public/multimedia/2008.4.369_c.jpg?itok=cz3wFqViLe Havre Museum of Natural History – Photo credit : C. Livonnen
1000664In Tuareg culture, emerald green leather is a traditional symbol of protection. In Tuareg culture, emerald green leather is a traditional symbol of protection. Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition_portrait/public/multimedia/2008.4.369_f.jpg?itok=4LnPrSELLe Havre Museum of Natural History – Photo credit : C. Livonnen
13282000They are characterised by their cross-shaped handle. They are characterised by their cross-shaped handle. Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition/public/multimedia/2008.4.369_g.jpg?itok=kYRZ3i8fLe Havre Museum of Natural History – Photo credit : C. Livonnen
1000664In Tuareg culture, emerald green leather is a traditional symbol of protection. It is often associated with scarlet red leather.In Tuareg culture, emerald green leather is a traditional symbol of protection. It is often...Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition_portrait/public/multimedia/2008.4.369_k.jpg?itok=3qHUFkPJLe Havre Museum of Natural History – Photo credit : C. Livonnen
13282000The quality of the harnessing is an integral part of the reputation of a warrior. The quality of the harnessing is an integral part of the reputation of a warrior. Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition/public/multimedia/2008.4.369_n.jpg?itok=GQKk_zi6Le Havre Museum of Natural History – Photo credit : C. Livonnen
768594General Henri Amiel on his mehari camel. Bilma, Niger, 1932 General Henri Amiel on his mehari camel. Bilma, Niger, 1932 Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/multimedia/amiel_sur_chameau_a_bilma.jpgFonds Amiel
1000988Tuareg man and camels in Kaouar, 1936. The Kaouar Cliffs are an escarpment running over 150 km in North East Niger. They contain several oases and are an essential stop on the caravan routes.Tuareg man and camels in Kaouar, 1936. The Kaouar Cliffs are an escarpment running over 150 km in...Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition_portrait/public/multimedia/1936_touareg_et_chameaux_au_kaouar.jpg?itok=sQ4yEVGGFonds Amiel
11511198Tuareg man in Kaouar, 1936.Tuareg man in Kaouar, 1936.Zoom http://www.museum-lehavre.fr/sites/default/files/styles/exposition/public/multimedia/1936_touareg__au_kaouar.jpg?itok=8OMsp0y8Fonds Amiel

Tuareg saddle

 

  • Origin : Bilma, Niger

  • Ethnic group : Tuareg

  • Date : late 19th century or early 20th century

  • Materials : wood, leather, brass, cotton, iron, straw

  • Dimensions : 60 cm x 40 cm x 75 cm

  • Inventory number : 2008.4.369

  • Donated by Mrs. Amiel, General Henri Amiel's widow, 1976

This type of saddle characterised by its cross-shaped handle is used by Tuaregs to harness their camels, which are considered to be the most prestigious animals in the Sahara region. Camels are used for races, fights, and they are the pride of their owners.

The quality of the harnessing is an integral part of the reputation of a warrior. Tuareg saddles are therefore decorated with the utmost care. They are designed to carry various travel bags hanging from the flanks of the camel.

In Tuareg culture, emerald green leather obtained from copper oxides is a traditional symbol of protection. It is often associated with scarlet red leather.

Geometric motifs, such as triangles, are also prophylactic symbols.

 


Prophylactic : from Greek profulaktikos, meaning « precautionary », it is said of something acting to defend against or prevent something, especially disease or death.

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