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

Antique silver & 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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6026

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Ottoman Balkans Gilded Belt Buckle set with Coral & Turquoise

Ottoman Balkans
18th-19th century

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

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UK art market

5997

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Large & Impressive Bedouin Silver Belt with Carnelians & Coins

Bedouin People, Saudi Arabia or Yemen
early to mid 20th century

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

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UK art market

6002

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Pair of Moroccan Silver Fibula or Cloak Fasteners

Berber People, Anti Atlas Mountains, Morocco
19th century

heights: 16.7cm, widths: 8.3cm, combined weight: 118g

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UK art market

3413

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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

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UK art market

4730

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

Yemen
early 20th century

total length: 62cm, weight: 155g

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UK art market

5841

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Silver & Gold Necklace with Amulet Boxes & Coral Beads (Hunkun)

Oman, probably Nizwa
19th century

width of cross-bar: 20.8cm, length of necklace as worn: 33cm, weight: 808g

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UK art market

5842

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Omani Silver Amulet Box (Hirz) with Applied Gold Plaques & Maria Theresa Thaler Coin Necklace

Nizwa, Oman
19th-early 20th century

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UK art market

5853

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Omani Part-Gilded Silver Ring (al-Hysa)

Nizwa, Oman
early 20th century

bezel: 2cm x 2cm, weight: 10.74g, ring size: 8 3/4 (US) & R/S (UK)

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Provenance

private collection, London

5859

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Large Berber Necklace of Enamelled Silver Charms & Beads & Mediterranean Coral

Berber people, Great Kabylia Region, Algeria
19th-early 20th century

approximate circumference (diameter): 70cm, total weight: 490g

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Provenance

private collection, France

4872

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Collection of 145 Ethiopian Silver Crosses (Yangat Masqal)

Ethiopia
19th-early 20th century

approximate total combined weight: 2.2kg

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private collection, UK.

5291

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Unusually Long, Yemeni Woven Silver Wire Belt with Parcel Gilding

northern Hadramaut, Yemen
early 20th century

length: 258cm, weight: 671g

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UK art market

3283

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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

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Provenance

private collection, London.

3857

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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

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UK art market

4932

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Kurdish Silver Buckle

Kurdish People, Northern Iraq
early 20th century

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

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UK art market

4931

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Kurdish Silver Buckle

Northern Iraq
early 20th century

length: 25.5cm, width : 12cm, weight: 519g

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UK art market

5107

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Cast Silver Bracelet

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

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

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UK art market

5039

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Omani Silver Bracelet (Hangeri or Hajala)

Oman, possibly Nizwa
late 19th-early 20th century

length: 10.4cm, internal diameter: 5.5cm, weight: 319g

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UK art market

4030

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Yemeni Coral and Silver Necklace

Yemen, probably Mahwit
early 20th century

length of main section: 25cm; overall length: 42cm, weight: 142g

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UK art market

5490

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Moroccan Finely Carved Nut & Silver Kohl Container

Morocco
19th century

length: 12.8cm, weight: 66g

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UK art market

4284

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Pair of Silver Woman’s Hair Rings

Ant-Atlas Region, Morocco
19th century

length: 7cm, width: 2.8cm, combined weight: 136g

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Provenance

private collection, London.

4283

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Pair of Silver Woman’s Hair Rings

Morocco, pre-Sahara Region
19th century

length: 7cm, width: 3.3cm, combined weight: 110g

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private collection, London.

5115

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Yemen Silver Ring

Bedouin People, Yemen
early 20th century

weight: 11.14g, US ring size: 8.2=75, UK ring size: R/S

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UK art market

5117

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Sudanese Bedouin Silver Ring

Rashaida People, Sudan
early 20th century

weight: 26.86g, US ring size: 9, UK ring size: R/S

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UK art market

5118

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Yemen Silver & Stone Ring

Bedouin People, Yemen
early 20th century

weight: 21.57g, US ring size: 5.5, UK ring size: R

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UK art market

5114

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Yemeni Silver Ring

Bedouin People, Yemen
early 20th century

US ring size: 7, UK ring size: N/O, weight: 12.74g

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UK art market

4981

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Omani Silver Ear Ornaments

Northern Oman
early 20th century

approximate diameters: 7.5cm, combined weight: 82g

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Provenance

Collection of (the late) Paul Walter; probably acquired in London.

5429

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Fine Pair of Omani Silver & Gold Bracelets (Benagir bu Shoka)

Oman, probably Sur.
late 19th-early 20th century

internal diameter: 5.5cm, width of band: 3.7cm, combined weight: 262g

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UK art market

5247

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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

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UK art market

5605

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Algerian Silver Bracelet

Aures mountains and Chaouia, Algeria
early 20th century

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

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UK art market

4011

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Seven Fine Silver Omani Headdress Ornaments with Filigree & Tassels

Dhofar Region, Southern Oman
early 20th century

length: 30cm, combined weight: 775g

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UK art market

4029

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Large, Fine Silver Anklets, Oman

Oman
19th century

exterior diameter: 11.3cm, interior diameter: 6.2cm, height of bezel: 6cm, combined weights: 502g

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UK art market

3979

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Yemen Silver Thumb Ring

San’a, Yemen
circa 1900

height: 2.7cm, diameter: 2.8cm, weight: 21g

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private collection, UK.

5660

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Pair of Engraved Solid Silver Libyan Ear Ornaments

Bedouin People, Libya
circa 1880

heights: 8cm, combined weight: 300g

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UK art market

3409

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Yemeni Matching Gilded Silver Talismanic Box (Hirz) & Purse

Both signed by the same maker, Yemen
early 20th century

length of talisman: 13cm, width of purse: 7.3cm, combined weight: 207g

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private collection, UK

3983

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Oman Silver Filigree Headdress Ornaments

Bedu People, Oman
19th century

length: 13.2cm, combined weight: 73g

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private collection, UK.

580

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Fine Silver Amulet Box with Filigree

Yemen
late 19th-early 20th century

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

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5110

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Child’s Heavy Silver Bracelet

Hajjah, Yemen
Early 20th century

width: 9cm, height: 6.5cm, weight: 141g

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UK art market

4202

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Silver Yemeni Ring

Yemen
late 19th century

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

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private collection, London.

4136

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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

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UK art market

3664

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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

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private collection, London.

5252

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Superb Pair of Silver Spiked Cuff Bracelets (Azbi n’Iquorrain)

Ait Atta Berber People, South-Eastern Morocco
early 20th century

external diameter: 13cm, internal diameter: 6.7cm, thickness: 3.7cm, combined weight: 1,116g

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UK art market

5084

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Algerian Colonial Silver & Coral Hinged Bracelet

Algeria
circa 1920

internal diameter: 5.2cm, external diameter: 8.5c, width: 4.2cm, weight: 126g

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UK art market

3560

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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

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UK art market

3082

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Turkmen Parcel-Gilt Silver Bridal Comb

Turkmen People, Central Asia
early 19th century

length: 6.2cm, 25g

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UK art market

2332

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

Tekke People, Southern Turkmenistan
circa 1870

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

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UK art market

5604

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Yemeni or Omani Silver Bracelet

Yemen/Oman Border Area
early 20th century

internal diameter: 6.2cm, length: 8cm, weight: 155g

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UK art market

5180

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Gold Mounted Comb

Turkmen People, Central Asia
19th century

width: 9.6cm, height: 6.9cm, weight: 38g

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UK art market

4930

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Ottoman Gilded Buckle inset with Carved Coral Cabochons

Ottoman Turkey or Balkans
18th-19th century

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

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UK art market

4666

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Silver-Gilt Belt Buckle with Polychrome Enamel & Filigree

Armenian Community, Ottoman Turkey
18th century

length: 16.2cm, width: 6.5cm, weight: 90g

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private collection, UK

4672

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Parcel Gilded Silver Buckle

Balkans
18th-19th century

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

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UK art market