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Tuareg Spear

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Item 985
6.00 LBS
Maximum Purchase:
1 unit(s)

Product Description

The Tuareg are a diverse group of people who share a common language and history. They have long been known as the “Blue People.” This unusual moniker is in reference to the bluish vegetable dye they use to color their clothing that subsequently rubs off onto their skin, leaving their bodies covered with a tint of the same color. The Tuareg are the nomads of North Africa. Life for the dessert nomad is exceedingly perilous; so it goes for the Tuareg people of the African Sahara. Faced with almost unbearable weather conditions, deadly tribal rivalries and malevolent supernatural forces, one can easily see how the Tuareg value items that are believed to bring about good fortune and protection. Highly religious and superstitious, they tend to carry small biblical verses and jewelry articles that offer protection. Various items of weaponry such as elaborate knives, decorated swords and well made spears are pride fully carried along.

A good weapon is worth its weight in silver to the Tuareg. Their knives, spears and swords are personalized protectors. The spears in particular are not easily parted with. The former owner of this well aged Tuareg spear attached decorative tin strips and thick leather wraps at various points along the patinated brown shaft. The shaft itself is very smooth to the touch. Upon the acquisition of this piece it was apparent that the original spearhead had been replaced but again due to the overall age the replaced head is not really brand new. This is a common occurrence when it comes to older spears. 

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Dimensions: The spear is 53 inches tall.

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