Pair of Silver Bracelets with Applied Silver Filigree
circa 12th century
external diameter: 12.8cm, combined weight: 450g
This large and impressive pair of hollow, solid-silver bracelets come from Iran when it was under the control of the Seljuks. The two are finely and elaborately decorated at each terminal with copious applied filigree work. The bodies are faceted. The clasps close with sliding bars.
There are losses to some of the filigree, dents to one of the two bracelets, and degradation to the surfaces of the bracelets. But given that the bracelets are almost one thousand years old, their condition is very good; remarkable even. It is also rare to have a surviving pair.
Saeed Motamed Collection, UK
Sotheby’s, December 11, 1984, lot 99.
Inventory no.: 2871