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Algerian Silver Earrings

Aures Mountains, Southern Algeria
19th-20th century

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

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Provenance

European art market

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 is common across northern Africa and in Tunisia they are referred to as nab zmal or camel eye-teeth earrings.

The pair here are in excellent condition and have obvious age. Rarely are these found with all the chains intact, or even any.

References

Seiwert, W.D., Jewellery from the Orient: Treasures from the Bir Collection, Arnoldsche Art Publishers, 2009.

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