Tent Pole - Tuareg People - Niger (5172)
After leather, wood is perhaps the most important
material in Saharan daily life, and is used for the
poles and beams of the Nomads' tents. They are
used to hang bags, saddles as well as bed frames,
dishes, cups, milking bowls, mortars and pestles.
Each pole is sharpened to a point for standing upright in a nomadic encampment, and the upper
half is eloborately carved and pierced with semicircles and triangluar shapes.
41"H x 2" Diameter