rein (camel furniture)

Leather reins.
A leather rein with a thick upper section leading down to three separate strands that are intermittently bound with further leather strapping. The three strands are intertwined towards the end of the rein. The thick upper section is decorated with stitched zigzag patterns and straps of green leather.

Item number 14 on Jeremy Keenan's item list. Leather reins called 'taramt' in Tamahaq. Keenan acquired this object from the Kel Hirafok people. Price paid: 20 dinar. Keenan refers to fig 43 in Johannes Nicolaisen's 'Ecology and culture of the pastoral Tuareg: with particular reference to the Tuareg of Ahaggar and Ayr' (Nicolaisen, 1963, p 64, fig 43).

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