Lot: 181

87th Tribal Art Auction

Sword

North Africa, Tuareg

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Norwood Fine Arts, Munich, Germany H: 19.9 inch 1000 EUR
plus 21 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

brass, iron, leather, handle in from of a stylized human figure, elaborate leather sheath with tassels, min. dam., slight traces of usage and corrosion, base. The sword designs of the Tuareg unmistakably show similarities to those of the European Middle Ages. Possibly they owe their origin to Crusades, or to the captured weapons of sea pirates, which were then traded and eventually brought southwards.