Our catalogue > Antique Jewellery – the Maghreb, Middle East, Central Asia & Ottoman

Antique silver and other jewellery from the Islamic Arab, Berber and other communities of northern Africa (Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, etc); the Middle East (Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, etc); Central Asia (Turkmen, etc); and the former Ottoman empire are shown here.

All the items have been sourced from within the UK, often from old colonial-era collections.

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8911

Ottoman Syrian Silver & Coral Cuff Bracelet

Ottoman Syria or Anatolia, Turkey
19th century

length: 7.8cm, diameter: approximately 7cm, weight: 192g

Provenance

UK art market

9297

Moroccan Silver Niello Cuff Bracelet with ‘Frog’ Motifs

Berber people, Central Anti-Atlas, Southern Morocco, possibly the Irherm region
19th century

internal diameter: approximately 5.3cm, weight: 65g

Provenance

private collection, US

8993

Pair of Turkoman High-Grade Silver Bracelets

Turkoman people, Northern Afghanistan
19th century

length: 7.8cm, internal diameter (widest): approximately 6.5cm, combined weight: 236g

Provenance

UK art market

9296

Moroccan Niello & Enamel Silver Bracelet

Berber people, Central Anti-Atlas, Southern Morocco, possibly the Tagmout region
circa 1930

internal diameter: approximately 6cm, weight: 70g

Provenance

private collection, US

9320

Gujurat-Omani-Zanzibar Part-Gilt Silver Necklace & Talismanic Pendant

Western India, Zanzibar or Oman
circa 1900

width of pendant: 11.6cm, length of chain: 97cm, overall weight: 419g

Provenance

UK art market

8815

Egyptian Engraved Silver Bride’s Ring (Mahabis)

Berber People, Amun Siwa Region, Egypt
early 20th century

diameter of bezel: 7cm, weight: 58.42g

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Provenance

UK art market

9311

Spectacular Moroccan Large Amber & Coral ‘Treasure’ Necklace (Tifilit)

Berber people, Anti-Atlas, Draa Valley, Morocco
early 20th century

circumference: approximately 102cm, diameter of the largest bead: approximately 4.6cm, weight: 809g

Provenance

private collection, US

9271

Rare, Unusually Large Silver Yemeni Wedding Chest Ornament Necklace

Zabid, Southern Tihama, western coastal plain, Yemen
early 20th century

length of pendant (from loop to the lowest bell): approximately 25.5cm, circumference of necklace component: approximately 54cm, overall weight: 493g

Provenance

private collection, UK; acquired in Saudi Arabia in the 1970s

9038

Rare, Large Pair of Swahili Coast Silver Ear Plugs for Musk Perfume

Swahili Coast, probably Lamu & Pate Islands
19th-early 20th century

diameter: 6cm, thickness: 2.5cm, combined weight (of silver): 68g

Provenance

UK art market

9326

Yemen Silver Necklace

Jewish community, Hadramaut region, Yemen
early 20th century

circumference: approximately 72cm, length of central pendant bead: 6.4cm, weight: 279g

Provenance

private collection, UK

9336

Rare Central Asian Boy’s ‘Bow & Arrow’ Silver Amulet for the Back

Central Asia or Afghanistan, probably Turkoman/Turkmen People
19th century

circumference of chain: approximately 52cm, width of amulet: 13.8cm, weight: 105g

Provenance

UK art market

9209

Central Asian Parcel-Gilt Silver Comb inset with Turquoise

Uzbek people, Central Asia
19th century

length: 14.4cm, width: 7.5cm, weight: 173g

Provenance

private collection, Germany

9099

Very Fine Yemen Gilded Silver & Coral Necklace

Yemen, probably Mahwit
early 20th century

circumference: 54cm, weight: 258g

Provenance

UK art market

8770

Rare Palestinian Silver Chin-Chain (Iznaq)

Palestine
circa 1890

length (of the chain, when extended): 48cm, width (of pendant): 3.7cm, weight: 115g

Provenance

private collection, UK

9069

Palestinian Head Ornament with Spanish Silver Real Coins

Palestine
18th-19th century

length (of pendant with its elements): 14.1cm, circumference (of chain): 85cm, weight: 313g

Provenance

UK art market

6129

Uzbek Silver-Gilt Bridal Crown (Kosh-e-tilla)

Bukhara, Uzbekistan
late 19th century

width: 18.8cm, height: 11.6cm, weight: 61g

Provenance

private collection, UK.

5731

Ottoman Silver Filigree Waist Buckle & Silver Chain Necklace

Ottoman Turkey & Balkans
19th century

circumference: approximately 55cm, weight: 353g

Provenance

UK art market

6567

Tunisian Woman’s Silver Anklet (Khelkhal Menfouk)

Kairouan and Sfax regions, Tunisia
19th-early 20th century

width of hoop: widest at 12.4cm, depth of closed box: 3.1cm, weight: 55g

Provenance

private collection, Germany

8939

Pair of Omani Silver Anklets

Sur, Oman
early 20th century

inner diameter: widest at 6cm, weight: 479g

Provenance

private collection, UK

8771

Elaborate Moroccan Silver & Amber ‘Treasure’ Necklace

Draa Valley, Morocco
early 20th century

circumference (of shorter chain): 44cm, weight: 535g

Provenance

formerly in the collection of Angela Fisher, author of 'Africa Adorned'.

4666

Silver-Gilt Belt Buckle with Polychrome Enamel & Filigree

Ottoman Turkey or regions, probably Armenian Community
18th century

length across: 16.2cm, height: 6.5cm, weight: 90g

Provenance

private collection, UK

5267

Zanzibar-Oman Ear Ornaments with ‘Venetian Ducat’ Tokens

Sur, Oman or Zanzibar
19th-early 20th century

length: approximately 8cm, combined weight: 37g

Provenance

UK art market

8772

Rare Pair of Nubian Silver Bracelets

Nubia region, Northern Sudan, Southern Egypt
circa 1930

length: approximately 7.2cm, width: 2.4cm, combined weight: 242g

Provenance

private collection, UK

4028

Pair of Omani Silver Ear Ornaments

Bedouin People, Oman
19th-early 20th century

length: approximately 12.6cm, width: approximately 4.2cm, combined weight: 106g

Provenance

private collection, UK.

6424

Pair of Algerian Berber Silver Cloak Pins or Fibulae

Beni Yenni People, Kabylia area, northern Algeria
early 20th century

length: approximately 14cm, width: approximately 7.2cm, combined weight: 106g

Provenance

UK art market

8519

Yemeni Necklace of Large, Genuine, Antique Amber Beads & Silver Beads

San'a, Yemen
late 19th-early 20th century

circumference: approximately 58cm, width (of amber beads): approximately 3cm, weight: 242g

Provenance

UK art market

6574

Large Pair of Hollow Silver Anklets

Nubian People, Hala'ib Border Area, Egypt/Sudan
early 20th century

exterior diameter: 14.2cm, interior diameter: 8.3cm, weight: 459g

Provenance

private European collection

5427

Omani Silver Hirz Necklace

Oman
circa 1900

circumference: 64.5cm, width of amulet: 7cm, weight: 312g

Provenance

UK art market

6708

Seven Silver Birth Motif Pendants (Salhayat)

Libya, Egypt, Algeria & Djerba Island, Tunisia
circa 1900

length of the largest pendant: 10.3cm, combined weight: 111g

Provenance

UK art market

6944

Uzbek Gold Nose Ring (Arabek)

Uzbek People, Central Asia, including Uzbekistan & Turkmenistan
early 20th century

width: 2.1cm, height: 2.9cm, weight: 4g

Provenance

private European collection

6954

Central Asian Silver & Glass Bead Earrings

Uzbek People, Central Asia, including Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan & Turkmenistan, or Nuristan, Afghanistan
19th or early 20th century

height: 6.7cm, combined weight: 14g

Provenance

private European collection

6685

Yemeni Silver Amulet Hirz Pendant

Yemen
early 20th century

length: 19.7cm, weight: 396g

Provenance

UK art market

6581

Unusual Armenian or Kurdish Silver Belt

Armenian people, Armenia or Turkey; or Kurdish People, Turkey
19th century

overall length: approximately 86cm, diameter of buckle: 8.5cm, overall weight: 482g

Provenance

UK art market

6531

Tuareg Silver & Copper Head Ornament (Tcherot or Techeout tan ‘eraf)

Tuareg People, Niger, Algeria & Morocco
first half of 20th century

length: approximately 29cm, width: 24cm, weight: 117g

Provenance

private collection, UK.

5552

Yemeni Silver and Coral Bead Necklace

Yemen
early 20th century

circumference: approx. 45cm, weight: 125g

Provenance

UK art market

6468

Moroccan Pair of Silver Fibulae (Tisernas) & Silver Chain

Morocco
19th-20th century

total length: 69.5cm, weight: 103g

Provenance

European art market

6469

Moroccan Pair of Silver Fibulae (Tisernas)

Berber People, Morocco
19th-20th century

width (each): 10.1cm, length: 19.2cm, combined weight: 173g

Provenance

European art market

6463

Ottoman-style Greek Gilded, Embossed Silver Buckle

Ottoman Greece
19th century

length: 23cm, width: 8.1cm, weight: 130g

Provenance

UK art market

4837

Tekke Fire-Gilded Gilt Silver Cuff Bracelet

Tekke people, Central Asia, including Afghanistan
19th-20th century

external width across: 7.2cm, internal width across: 5.7cm, height: 4.3cm, weight: 164g

Provenance

UK art market

6471

Pair of Fine, Algerian Silver Earrings

Aures Mountains, Southern Algeria
19th-20th century

length: 14.8cm, width: 7.5cm, combined weight: 74g

Provenance

European art market

6470

Berber Pair of Silver Ear Ornaments (Kharb) & Matched Head Ornament

Marrakech & the High Atlas, Morocco
early 20th century

width (each): 7.7cm, length of chain: 52.7cm, weight: 144g

Provenance

European art market

6474

Moroccan Pair of Silver Fibulae (Tisernas)

Berber People, Draa Valley, Morocco
19th-20th century

length (each): 14.2cm, combined weight: 164g

Provenance

European art market

6472

Jewish Moroccan Headdress or Diadem (Taounza or Mechhob)

Western Anti-Atlas, Morocco
19th-early 20th century

length: 63cm, weight: 92g

Provenance

European art market

6465

Berber Haratin Long Silver Temporal or Head Ornament (Aiacha)

Berber Haratin People, Zguid Oasis, Morocco
early 20th century

length: 21cm, width: 7.5cm, weight: 153g

Provenance

European art market

6331

Northern Yemen Silver Bracelet (Musammat)

Al-Dhahiyy region, Northern Yemen
early 20th century

internal diameter: 6.2cm, external diameter: 10cm, weight: 316g

Provenance

UK art market

5007

Large Yemeni Silver Pendant (Barq or Lauh)

Bedouin People, Yemen
early 20th century

entire length with chain : 37cm, length of main plate: 17cm, width: 13.5cm, weight: 200g

Provenance

UK art market

4102

Nubian Silver Pendant

Nubian People, Sudan & Southern Egypt, probably the Siwa Oasis
early 20th century

length: 30cm, width: 17cm, weight: 258g

Provenance

UK art market

4005

Omani Man’s Silver ‘Bullet’ Kohl Container

Bedouin People, Oman
early 20th century

overall length: 67cm, length of kohl box: 9.3cm, weight: 89g

Provenance

UK art market

3975

Omani Man’s Silver ‘Bullet’ Thorn Tweezer Box & Tweezers

Bedouin People, Oman
early 20th century

overall length: 50cm, length of tweezers & box: 10cm, weight: 77g

Provenance

UK art market

6203

Tekke Parcel-Gilt, Pierced, Pectoral Ornament (Dagdan) inset with Carnelians

Teke People, Afghanistan
19th century

length: 25cm, width: 15cm, weight: 239g

Provenance

UK art market

6202

Tekke Parcel-Gilt Ornament (Asyk) inset with Carnelians

Tekke People, Southern Turkmenistan & possibly Afghanistan
19th century

height: 16.2cm, width: 11.2cm, weight: 119g

Provenance

UK art market

6173

Persian Inscribed Wooden Comb

Persia/Iran
early 20th century & possibly earlier

length: 14cm, height: 8.4cm, thickness at the top: 1.1cm, weight: 89g

Provenance

UK art market

6186

Fine, Tuareg Silver Ring

Tuareg People, Mali
early 20th century

height: 4.7cm, weight: 33g, ring size: UK: O/R, US: 8 1/3

Provenance

private collection, London

6206

Ethiopian Silver Amulet Necklace

Harar, Eastern Ethiopia
early 20th century

width of box: 10cm, length of box incl. tassels: 18cm, overall weight: 298g

Provenance

UK art market

6026

Ottoman Balkans or Armenian Gilded Belt Buckle set with Coral & Turquoise

Ottoman Balkans
18th-19th century

length: 21cm, height: 9cm, weight: 343g

Provenance

UK art market

5997

Large & Impressive Silver Belt with Carnelians & Coins

Jewish-Yemeni silversmiths, Bedouin People, Saudi Arabia or Yemen
early to mid-20th century

approx. circumference: 70cm, height: 7.4cm, weight: 1,181g

Provenance

UK art market

3413

Yemeni Silver Amulet Box (Hirz) & Chain

Bedouin People, possibly Rayma Region, Yemen
early 20th century

overall length of chain: 70cm (35cm when worn), width of box & attachments: 11cm, weight: 490g

Provenance

UK art market

4730

Yemeni Silver Bead & Coral Necklace with Amulet Box (Hirz)

Yemen
early 20th century

total length: 62cm, weight: 155g

Provenance

UK art market

4930

Ottoman Gilded Buckle inset with Carved Coral Cabochons

Ottoman Turkey, Greece or Balkans
18th-19th century

length: 20cm, width of buckle (without dangles), 7cm, weight: 216g

Provenance

UK art market

4872

Collection of 145 Ethiopian Silver Crosses (Yangat Masqal)

Ethiopia
19th-early 20th century

approximate total combined weight: 2.2kg

Provenance

private collection, UK.

3283

Yemen Silver Ring with Horn ‘Stone’

Yemen, probably Saada
19th century

height: 4.3cm; ring size: 8.5 (US), O/R (UK); weight: 18.38g

Provenance

private collection, London.

3857

Rare Set of Woman’s Silver Hair Ornaments (Mashaq-ir)

Jewish Community, Saada region, Yemen
early 20th century

length of both long hair ornaments: 33.5cm; total weight: 332g

Provenance

UK art market

4932

Kurdish Silver Buckle

Kurdish People, Northern Iraq
early 20th century

length: 31cm, height: 12cm, weight: 381g

Provenance

UK art market

5107

Yemen Cast Silver Bracelet

Tihama Region, likely Hudayda (al Dhahiyy), Yemen
18th-19th century

external diameter: 10cm, inside diameter: 6.4cm, weight: 145g

Provenance

UK art market

5247

Omani Silver Amulet Box (Hirz) & Necklace with Applied Gold Plaques

Nizwa, Oman
circa 1900

length of necklace as worn: 37cm, length of box: 10cm, height of box: 6.7cm, thickness: 0.9cm, weight: 170g

Provenance

UK art market

5605

Algerian Silver Bracelet

Aures mountains and Chaouia, Algeria
early 20th century

internal diameter: 6cm, thickness: 2.4cm, height of diamond-shaped bezel: 4cm, weight: 85g

Provenance

UK art market

3983

Oman Silver Filigree Headdress Ornaments

Bedu People, Oman
19th century

length: 13.2cm, combined weight: 73g

Provenance

private collection, UK.

580

Fine Silver Amulet Box with Filigree

Yemen
late 19th-early 20th century

length: 16 cm; diameter of box: 4.5 cm, weight: 175g

4202

Silver Yemeni Ring

Yemen
late 19th century

height: 4.7cm, weight: 17.2g, ring size: UK: O, US: 8

Provenance

private collection, London.

4136

Silver Necklace with Three Attached Silver Amulet Boxes with Coral Beads

Hadhramaut Region, Yemen
19th century

length of main box: 12.4cm, circumference of necklace: 79cm, weight: 240g

Provenance

UK art market

3664

Nubian Pair of Engraved Silver Bracelets

Nubian People, North-East Africa
19th-early 20th century

external diameter: 8.6cm, internal diameter: 6.2cm, thickness: 1.2cm, combined weight: 119g

Provenance

private collection, London.

3560

Kazakh Parcel-Gilt Silver Bracelet

Kazak People, Central Asia
early 20th century

height: 5.7cm, exterior width: 7.4cm, interior width at widest point: 6cm, weight: 158g

Provenance

UK art market

3082

Turkmen Parcel-Gilt Silver Bridal Comb

Turkmen People, Central Asia
early 19th century

length: 6.2cm, 25g

Provenance

UK art market

2332

Pair of Fire-Gilded Silver & Carnelian Cuff Bracelets (Bilezik)

Tekke People, Southern Turkmenistan
circa 1870

height: 9.5cm, width: 6.5cm, weight: 493g

Provenance

UK art market

4672

Parcel Gilded Silver Buckle

Balkans
18th-19th century

length: 21.5cm, width: 7.2cm, height: weight: 302g

Provenance

UK art market