Old Tuareg Tanfouk (Talhakimt) & Conus Shell Tribal Hair Adornment
A leather braided decorative hairpiece, adorned with conus shell slices and 10 carnelian/agate tanfouk (talhakimt), also brass pendants. Each piece is tied on individually to the main braid to form a unique hairpiece. The conus shell is a symbol of fertility and strength and offers perceived protection from the evil eye. An unusual collectible piece.
Leather, carnelian, shell & brass
110 cm total length
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