Tuareg tribe, Mali, Early 20th century
41"H X 3.5" W X 2.5"D
A nomadic people of the Sahara, the Tuareg do not create masks or figurines, but rather specialize in art forms of leather work, metal casting and wood carving. Poles such as this one serve the practical purpose of holding up tents as well as for hanging bags, saddles and utensils. One end is sharpened for planting into the earth and the other is elaborately carved, making these items of prestige for the owner.