Africa | Figure group (possibly for ritual use) comprising of a women with other figures; glass beads on velvet and cloth with a basketry frame | Purchased in 1924 at the palace of the Ogoga of Ikerre-Ekiti
Tent pole of the Tuareg people - Niger. After leather, wood is perhaps the most important material in Saharan life, and is used for poles in the nomads’ tents on which are hung bags, saddles, bed frames, cups, milking bowls, spoons, mortars and pestles. It is also used to secure a wall mat that is placed around the bed. The intricate carved geometric designs indicate that these are prestige pieces intended to embellish the tent.