A Nomadic Maure Travelling Coffer

Mauritania Africa

Circa 1900

A wooden rectangular coffer overlaid with arcs, lozenges, hearts and leaf motifs in coloured metals affixed with metal studs on a wooden carrying frame. The Maures used such coffers to carry books and precious objects and the raised knob on the lid would have been used to tie it to the wooden frame which would have been placed on a camel.

Width: 60 cm Depth: 32 cm Height: 27 cm (23.75 x 12.75 x 10.75 in) The height including the carrying frame is 60 cm (23.75 in)

Au Sahara, Arts et Symboles by Jean Gabus pub Neuchatel 1958
Arts et Traditions d'Afrique du Profane au Sacré by Catherine et Patrick Sargos pub. Paris 2010

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