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HT 117 (HT Scribe 9)

  • キダル (kidaru) | Kidal

[Kidal, Mali]

Isolated in northwestern Mali, Kidal is known not for its mining but for its handicrafts: gold and silver jewelry, leather goods, and swords, particularly Tuareg cutlasses and sabers. An interesting parallel between the Tuareg takouba and some Minoan swords is the practice of covering parts with thin sheets of gold or of replacing the iron of certain parts with other materials. Among the Tuareg, this practice is due to a cultural aversion to touching iron, while, among the Minoans, the practice may purely have been decorative. A person who is interested in the history of swordmaking may wish to make comparisons among the swords of the Tuaregs, the Minoans, and the Japanese.


  1. The Greek Age of Bronze: Swords/Daggers. Ret. on 16 Oct 2011.
  2. Kidal. Experience Ret. on 16 Oct 2011.
  3. Takoba. Wikipedia. org. Ret. on 16 Oct 2011.

Entry added on 21 Dec 2011.

HT 117 (HT Scribe 9)

  • クレージュ (kureeju) | Courreges [Corrèze]

Courreges (Corrèze) [France]

Corrèze is a mineral-rich department in the Limousin region of France.. The region may well have been an important source of minerals for the Minoans. The industrial and artistic uses of stones and minerals in Minoan Crete began as early as the pre-palatial period. It is believed that the Minoans learned their early techniques from the Egyptians. During this early period, the Cretans worked with alabaster, schist, serpentine, stalagmite, and steatite (soapstone). Jewelry incorporated Cretan-mined amethyst and carnelian. During the proto-palatial period, seals comprised semi-precious stones such as hematite; during the neo-palatial period, vessels comprised rock crystal. Moreover, the Minoans used minerals or metallic oxides to achieve the mural colors that have endured for over 3,500 years.


Entry added on 21 Dec 2011.
Updated on 28 Aug 2016

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