Distinctive handmade spiral necklace made by the Fulani of Mali. The Fulani are known for their reverence of beauty and their exceptional work as metalsmiths-both of which are evidenced by this sculptural necklace! Three segments: Large center swirl which connects to a more tightly coiled swirl sections which connect to solid, curved tails. Simple hook closure. 24 K gold over brass. Approximately 18" L. Center twist is 1.5" W.
Watch a Fulani jeweler forge their distinctive earrings (same technique as used for necklace) using only hammers and small anvils: