- Label Text
- Tuareg camel saddles (térik) are unusual in that they are placed in front of the camel's hump on two to four saddlecloths. The male rider sits cross-legged with his feet on the animal's neck. There are three different forms of saddles: this example with its distinctive forked saddle horn and detailed leather decorations is the tamzak type. Most are made in Agadez, Niger, by blacksmiths. Wood is lashed together with rawhide and covered with colored leather and metal ornaments. This saddle was a gift to an American diplomat.
- Camel saddle with three-fork pommel on a wood frame covered with leather, colored leather and metal ornaments.
- Honerable Joseph Palmer II, Bethesda, Maryland, collected Niger, -- to 1978
- Data Source
- National Museum of African Art
- Tuareg artist
- Late 20th century
- Credit Line
- Gift of the Honorable Joseph Palmer II
- Wood, leather, metal
- H x W x D: 81 x 62.9 x 29.2 cm (31 7/8 x 24 3/4 x 11 1/2 in.)