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Large 'Goulimine' Silver Cross
early to mid-20th century
height: 17.3cm, width: 16.2cm, weight: 190g
This large cross-like pendant comprises a raised, tiered, highly-worked and decorated front plate, and a plain silver backing plate. The front is decorated with
plaited silver wire and numerous applied spheres and granulation work giving the form of something akin to a highly decorated star fish.
The top of the pendant has a rectangular cross-bar similarly decorated and with an open section to allow a cord to be threaded through so that the pendant
can be worn.
A handful of these large pendant crosses are known. It is likely that they are all the work of one workshop of silversmithing family and were made for local
Berber clients in the Goulimione region (also spelled Guelmim) in the south-west of Morocco.
A similar example is illustrated in Daalder (2009, p. 411).
The example here has clear age, and is in excellent condition. It has a thick cord threaded through the top section but the is probably later addition and can
be removed. Overall, this is a splendid example.
Daalder, T., Ethnic Jewellery and Adornment: Australia, Oceania, Asia, Africa, Ethnic Art Press/Macmillan, 2009.
Provenance: private UK collection.
Inventory no.: 4834 SOLD
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