Small Tuareg lock 01.09.1372
The Tuareg use a lock (tanast) and key (asrou) to secure their large leather bags containing personal possessions whilst travelling in the desert regions. They employ an elaborate aesthetic when fashioning their inventive locks and keys. Sometimes more complex mechanisms need 2 to 4 keys to be used in sequence in order to gain access. They are made by artisans specialising in this craft using silver, metal, copper, brass or aluminium.