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The Touareg people inhabit the Western Sahara countries of Libya, Algeria, Niger and Mali. In Tuareg society women do not traditionally wear the veil, whereas men do. The most famous Tuareg symbol is the indigo blue-colored veil. Many other colors are worn as well (red, white, purple) The men’s facial covering originates from the belief that such action wards off evil spirits. It may have related instrumentally from the need for protection from the harsh desert sands as well. Taking on the veil is associated with the rite of passage to manhood; men begin wearing a veil when they reach maturity. The veil usually conceals their face, excluding their eyes and the top of the nose.

This is a portrait of a friend named Agdal.

Watercolor
300 pound Arches paper

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watercolor, touareg, tuareg, africa, niger, mali, face, eyes, black, islam, muslim, veil, headdress

Comments

  • Corinne Pouzet
    Corinne Pouzetover 2 years ago

    Très belle aquarelle avec un beau drapé qui est souvent assez difficile à faire

  • Toujours un plaisir de lire tes commentaires Corinne! :) Bisous!

    – Jamie Alexander

  • JolanteHesse
    JolanteHesseover 2 years ago

    Soulful portraiture!

  • Thank you so much! :)

    – Jamie Alexander

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 2 years ago

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 2 years ago

    10 December 2011 – 2 images per day

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 2 years ago


    DECEMBER 11th, 2011
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    Mary

  • Wow! Great news! Thank you!

    – Jamie Alexander

  • kamaljeet kaur
    kamaljeet kaurover 2 years ago

    very well done :) perfect play with watercolors!!!

  • Thank you so much! :)

    – Jamie Alexander

  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooover 2 years ago

    amazing artwork

  • Thanks Boo :)

    – Jamie Alexander

  • Michael McCasland
    Michael McCaslandover 2 years ago

    I am in awe of your painting talent.

  • Gregoria  Gregoriou Crowe
    Gregoria Greg...over 2 years ago

    Very beautiful… Congrats on your feature Unnoticed, Unseen and Undiscovered …;-)

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 2 years ago

    congratulations for your well deserved feature in the Unnoticed, Unseen and Undiscovered group !!!
    my best, francis.

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