Our catalogue > Middle Eastern & North African Antiques

Antique items from the Middle East, Iran/Persia and Islamic Northern Africa (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia & Egypt) are to be found on this page.

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9369

Rare Swahili Coast Silver & Gold Pendant & Necklace

Lamu, (Kenya), Swahili Coast, East Africa
19th century

width of pendant: 13cm, weight: 145g

Provenance

UK art market

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

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

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

9273

Wahabite Silver Dagger & Scabbard (Khanjar)

Wahhabite People, Hijaz and Asir regions, western Saudi Arabia
19th-20th century

overall length: 41cm, width: 5.7cm, weight: 426g

Provenance

private collction, UK; collected in Saudi Arabia in the 1970s

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

Reserved

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

Reserved

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

9333

Fine, Persian Carved Wooden Box

Abadeh, Qajar Iran (Persia)
1850-1890

height: 11.7cm, width: 16.8cm, depth: 25.4cm, weight: 2,265g

Provenance

UK art market

9343

Exceptional Saudi Arabian Embroidered & Beaded Dress (Thobe)

Bani Malik tribal group, Hijaz region, southern Saudi Arabia
mid-20th century

length: 130cm, weight: 1,319g

Reserved

Provenance

private UK collection, collected in Saudi Arabia in the 1970s

9344

Superb Saudi Arabian Embroidered & Beaded Dress (Thobe)

Bani Malik tribal group, Hijaz region, southern Saudi Arabia
mid-20th century

length: 136cm, weight: 1,472g

Reserved

Provenance

private UK collection, collected in Saudi Arabia in the 1970s

9345

Saudi Arabian Embroidered & Beaded Dress (Thobe)

Bani Malik tribal group, Hijaz region, southern Saudi Arabia
mid-20th century

length: 124cm, weight: 1,421g

Reserved

Provenance

private UK collection, collected in Saudi Arabia in the 1970s

9346

Saudi Arabian Beaded & Embroidered Dress (Thobe)

Bani Malik tribal group, Hijaz region, southern Saudi Arabia
mid-20th century

length: 120cm, weight: 849g

Reserved

Provenance

private UK collection, collected in Saudi Arabia in the 1970s

9347

Saudi Arabian Beaded & Tasselled Head Covering (Qarqoosh)

Bani Malik Tribe or Bal Harith Tribe, Hijaz region, southern Saudi Arabia
early 20th century

width (without tassels): approximately 63cm, length (without tassels): approximately 132cm, weight: 493g

Reserved

Provenance

private UK collection, collected in Saudi Arabia in the 1970s

9348

Moroccan Silver-Clad Dagger with Blond Rhinoceros Horn Hilt (Koummiya)

southern Morocco
19th century

overall length: approximately 41.5cm, weight: 628g

Provenance

UK art market

9182

Moroccan Jewish Cast Brass Hanukkah Lamp

Jewish Community, Central Morocco, probably Marrakech or Essaouria
18th century

height: 19.4cm, width: 27cm, depth: 6.7cm, weight: 1,931g

Provenance

UK art market

9268

Bedouin Silver Rattle Anklet with Bells (Halhal)

Bedouin people, Abha, 'Asir Region, Southern Saudi Arabia
19th-early 20th century

inner diameter: approximately 7.1cm, weight: 232g

Provenance

private collection, UK. Collected in the 1970s from Saudi Arabia.

9183

Moroccan Jewish Cast Brass Hanukkah Lamp

Jewish Community, probably coastal Morocco
19th century

height: 29.2cm, width: 23.6cm, depth: 7cm, weight: 1,714g

Provenance

UK art market

9184

Moroccan Jewish Cast Brass Hanukkah Lamp

Jewish Community, Central Morocco, probably the Lower Ziz Valley or Upper Tafilalt
18th century

height: 18.4cm, width: 22.3cm, depth: 5.9cm, weight: 956g

Provenance

UK art market

9187

Small Ethiopian Silver Processional Cross

Ethiopia
19th century

height (including stand): 30.6cm, width: 15.4cm, weight (including stand): 581g

Provenance

UK art market

9099

Very Fine Yemen Gilded Silver & Coral Necklace

Yemen, probably Mahwit
early 20th century

circumference: 54cm, weight: 258g

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

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

8939

Pair of Omani Silver Anklets

Sur, Oman
early 20th century

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

Provenance

private collection, UK

8415

Fine Horn of Africa Bedja Dagger with Silver Embellishments

Hadendoa People, Bedja region, Eritrea
19th century

length: approximately 33cm, width: 11.3cm, weight: 245g

Provenance

UK art market

8468

Ottoman Parcel-Gilt Silver Double Inkwell

Ottoman Empire, probably Turkey
circa 1820

height: approximately 14cm, width: 15.5cm, depth: 16.7cm, weight: 356g

Provenance

UK art market

8683

Algerian Gold Serpent-Head Bracelet set with Pearls, Rubies & other Stones

Algeria
19th century

interior diameter: 6.3cm, weight: 12g

Provenance

UK art market

8819

Moroccan Berber Terracotta Spouted Vessel

Berber People, Central-Northern Morocco, possibly Tsoul
early 20th century

height: 20.4cm, width: 33.3cm, weight: 2,952g

Provenance

UK art market

8771

Elaborate Moroccan Silver & Amber ‘Treasure’ Necklace

Draa Valley, Morocco
early 20th century

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

Reserved

Provenance

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

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

7084

Ethiopian Steel Hand Cross (Yaegg Masqal)

Ethiopia
19th century

length: 25.5cm, width: 8.3cm, weight: 183g

Provenance

private collection, Scotland.

7085

Ethiopian Brass Hand Cross (Yaegg Masqal)

Ethiopia
19th century

length: 21.2cm, width: 10.2cm, weight: 129g

Provenance

private collection, Scotland.

7081

Ethiopian Iron Hand Cross (Yaegg Masqal)

Ethiopia
circa 17th-18th century

length: 27cm, width: 10cm, weight: 162g

Provenance

private collection, Scotland.

8480

Anatolian Woven Saddle Bag

Turkey, probably the Yoruk people, Taurus Mountains, Anatolia
early 20th century

length: approximately 100.5cm, width: approximately 51.5cm

Provenance

private collection, London, 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

8737

Zanzibar-Omani Hide Shield with Brass Mounts

Southern Oman/Zanzibar
19th century

diameter: 24.8cm, height: 14cm, weight: 1,066g

Provenance

UK art market

7301

Moroccan Jewish Brass Shabbat Wall Lamp

Jewish Community, Northern Morocco
19th century

height: 35cm, width: 17.2cm, depth: 15cm, weight: 1,311g

Provenance

UK art market

7054

Qajar Bird Hunting Whistle & Carved Ebony Gem-Set Case

Persia (Iran)
19th century

length: 14.8cm, weight: 71g

Provenance

Oliver Hoare, London; Christie's, London, Indian and Islamic Works of Art, 20 Apr 2007.

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

7165

Coconut Nargila Base & Stand with Engraved Silver Mounts & Coral Beads

Algeria, North Africa
18th-early 19th century

length: approximately 56cm, width: approximately 9cm, weight: 625g

Provenance

From Howth Castle in Ireland, the ancestral home of the St Lawrence family and the Earls of Howth.

7055

Qajar Bird Hunting Whistle & Carved Wooden Gem-Set Case

Persia (Iran)
19th century

length: 16.5cm, weight: 58g

Provenance

Oliver Hoare, London; Christie's, London, Indian and Islamic Works of Art, 20 Apr 2007.

7132

Mauritanian Bead Necklace (Tesbih)

Mauritania & southern Morocco
early 20th century

circumference: 102cm, weight: 169g

Provenance

private collection, Germany

5688

Tuareg Wooden Storage Post (Bela)

Tuareg People, Mali, Niger or Algeria
early 20th century

height (including stand): 148cm, width: 51.5cm

Provenance

private collection, UK.

7057

Late Mamluk Calligraphic Carved Wooden Panel

Egypt or Yemen
early 16th century

width: 51.9cm, height: 23.4cm, depth: 2.8cm, weight: 1,821g

Provenance

formerly in the Oliver Hoare collection, London.

7112

Persian Silvered Fretwork Banqueting Sherbet Spoon

Persia/Iran
circa 1800

length: 27.2cm, width: 4.7cm, weight: 70g

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

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

6910

Ethiopian Silvered Brass Processional Cross (Yamasaor Masqal)

Ethiopia
20th century

height: 71.3cm, width: 51.5cm, weight: 2,864g

Provenance

private collection, UK.

6685

Yemeni Silver Amulet Hirz Pendant

Yemen
early 20th century

length: 19.7cm, weight: 396g

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.

6702

Moroccan Gun Powder Flask

Berber People, Middle Atlas Mountain, Morocco
19th-early 20th century

width: 27cm, length: 25.1cm, depth: 12cm, weight: 623g

Provenance

UK art market

5552

Yemeni Silver and Coral Bead Necklace

Yemen
early 20th century

circumference: approx. 45cm, weight: 125g

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

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

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

6468

Moroccan Pair of Silver Fibulae (Tisernas) & Silver Chain

Morocco
19th-20th century

total length: 69.5cm, weight: 103g

Provenance

European art market

6500

Moroccan Polychrome Terracotta Inkwell

Fes, Morocco
mid-20th century

height: 9.7cm, diameter: 12.2cm, weight: 614g

Provenance

UK 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

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

6272

Indian Silver-Clad Powder Flask

Deccan, Indian
18th century

length: 23.6cm, weight: 760g

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

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

6187

Fine, Berber Carved Wooden Spindle Whorl

Berber People, Anti-Atlas, Morocco
19th century

diameter: 5.8cm, height: 2.7cm

Provenance

private collection, UK

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

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

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

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

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

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

4730

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

Yemen
early 20th century

total length: 62cm, weight: 155g

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.

4932

Kurdish Silver Buckle

Kurdish People, Northern Iraq
early 20th century

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

Provenance

UK art market

3966

Large Necklace of Silver Beads & Genuine Antique Amber Beads with Amulet Box (Hirz)

San'a, Yemen
early 20th century

total length (circumference as worn): 96cm, total weight: 381g, each amber bead is around 2.5cm square

Provenance

UK art market

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

4627

Islamic Wooden Panel Carved with Buraq & Deer

Persia/Iran
19th century

length: 73.4cm, width: 18.2cm

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

3581

Fine, Persian Painted & Lacquered Mirror Case

Persia (Iran)
Zand Dynasty, circa 1780

height: 21.8cm, width: 15.2cm, thickness: 1cm

Provenance

private collection, UK

5242

North Indian or Persian Cast & Inscribed Bronze Hawking Drum

Persia or Northern India
17th-18th century

diameter: 17.5cm, height: 12cm

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

2942

Omani Silver Gunpowder Flask (Talahiq)

Oman
19th century

length: 19cm, weight: 248g

Provenance

UK art market

2778

Ottoman Turkish Steel Scissors or Sheers

Ottoman Turkey
17th century

length: 13.5cm

Provenance

The scissors were part of a collection built up over a long lifetime by an elderly collector in Worcestershire, England.

2781

Persian Calligrapher’s Pierced Steel Scissors

Iran (Persia)
18th century

length: 16.5cm

Provenance

The scissors were part of a collection built up over a long lifetime by an elderly collector in Worcestershire, England.

2782

Persian Calligrapher’s Pierced Steel Scissors

Iran (Persia)
18th century

length: 18cm

Provenance

The scissors were part of a collection built up over a long lifetime by an elderly collector in Worcestershire, England.

2875

Ottoman Calligrapher’s Scissors

Ottoman Turkey
18th-19th century

length: 27.5cm

Provenance

UK art market

580

Fine Silver Amulet Box with Filigree

Yemen
late 19th-early 20th century

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

1226

Large Engraved Brass Bowl & Cover

(Islamic) Nupe People, Nigeria
19th century

height: 25cm, diameter: 26cm, weight: 1,116g

Provenance

UK art market

945

Repoussed Gilded Silver Hammam Bowl

Algeria
19th century

height: 16.5cm, diameter: 12.9cm, weight: 170g

Provenance

UK art market

946

Algerian Repoussed Silver Hammam Bowl

Algeria
19th century

height: 13.3cm, diameter: 11.5 weight: 123g

4202

Silver Yemeni Ring

Yemen
late 19th century

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

Provenance

private collection, London.

3984

Fine Silver Belt Purse (Mahfaza)

San’a, Yemen
19th century

height: 6.2cm, width: 8cm, thickness: 1.9cm, weight: 140g

Provenance

private collection, UK.

3983

Oman Silver Filigree Headdress Ornaments

Bedu People, Oman
19th century

length: 13.2cm, combined weight: 73g

Provenance

private collection, UK.

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

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