Iron agricultural tools introduced the most dramatic change in Africa. Blacksmiths were respected members of many societies and were practically nobility in some cases. The tools often held ceremonial and ritual purposes. Among cultures of what is Nigeria and in parts of West Africa, iron objects made in a ritual fashion were believed to contain living spirits that required offerings of water, millet or beer. Iron tools could have magical, spiritual uses as well. The Tuareg people are a large Berber ethnic confederation. They principally inhabit the Sahara in a vast area stretching from far southwestern Libya to southern Algeria, Niger, and Mali. Traditionally nomadic pastoralistic, small groups of Tuareg are also found in northern Nigeria. The Tuareg community consists of farming and they made tools for trade and agricultural purposes – the size and shape of the metal are indicative of Tuareg Nigerian farming tools.
Lengte 0,65 cm.