Brass padlock with inlaid panels of brass and copper incised with floral and zig-zag designs. Key of iron and brass attached to padlock with leather thong.
Lock and key called 'tamask n'asrou' in Tamasheq. Such rectangular locks are generally used to secure leather bags. In this case the lock is opened with one key, although some locks require several keys to open them. Bought for 45 dinar, as stated in a letter written by Jeremy Keenan on 10 May 1971 to David Boston, at the time Curator at the Horniman, and later Director.