Enquiry about object: 6471
Pair of Fine, Algerian Silver Earrings
Aures Mountains, Southern Algeria 19th-20th century
length: 14.8cm, width: 7.5cm, combined weight: 74g
European art market
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This fine and complete pair of earrings is of large hoop form, with ‘saw-tooth’ protuberances, open-work sections, punched granulation work and other punchwork. Each is further decorated with eight chains and pendants.
A related pair without chains and pendants is illustrated in Seiwert (2009, p. 80).
The form can ben seen in jewellery from across northern Africa, and in Tunisia they are referred to as nab zmal or camel eye-teeth earrings.
The pair is are in excellent condition and has obvious age. Rarely are these found with all the chains intact, or even with any.
Seiwert, W.D., Jewellery from the Orient: Treasures from the Bir Collection, Arnoldsche Art Publishers, 2009.