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Nubian Fine, Silver Pendant

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

length: 32cm, width: 12cm, weight: 172g

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UK art market

This long hanging pectoral pendant is from the Nubian people. It comprises flat, engraved silver plates, a component with applied silver granulation work, hanging bells and chains, and flat silver plates.

The central panel is engraved with a sun burst or solar motif. It has a central red bakelite disk in a box setting. Other panels have further red and green bakelite ornamentation.

The Nubian people come from present-day Sudan and southern Egypt. They originate from the early inhabitants of the central Nile valley. They have their own languages and distinctive dress, jewellery and architecture. They are Muslims.

The pendant here is stable and wearable and has a good patina suggesting age. There is a small loop at the top to allow suspension.

References

van Roode, S., Desert Silver: Understanding Traditional Jewellery from the Middle East and North Africa, BLKVLD, 2017.

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