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‘Touareg Jewelry: Traditional Patterns and Symbols’ introduces the Tuareg people of Africa, and the silver jewelry produced by their artisans. The book overviews the millennia-old history of this group of desert nomads. It looks at the origin of their symbolic system, evolving from Neolithic rock art to their present day Tifinagh alphabet, Calligraphic art and jewelry engravings. A chapter is devoted to the Cross of Agadez which has intrigued scholars of Africa for decades, and whose mysterious origins are still debated today. Various styles of silver ornaments are presented in color photography.

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