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Nubian Silver Bracelet with Applied Silver Filigree & Gilded Silver Plaques

early 20th century

height: 6cm, diameter: 7cm, weight: 265g



UK art market

This pleasing type of bracelet made of high-grade silver and decorated with applied silver filigree, gilded silver plaques and granulation work, is most associated with the Nubian people of southern Egypt and Sudan, as well as other tribes along the Red Sea. Related versions also were worn in Ethiopia (see Fabo Perczel, 1983, p. 46 for an example.)

The style also relates to silver bracelets found on the Arabian Peninsula, reflecting trade and migration patterns across the area.

The bracelet is particularly heavy in the hand. It opens with a hinge and pin mechanism. The pin has a flower-bud finial.

See van Cutsem (2002, p. 98) for a similar example.

It is in a stable and wearable condition.


van Cutsem, A., A World of Bracelets: Africa, Asia, Oceania, America, Skira, 2002.

Fabo Perczel, C., Ethiopia: Folk Art of a Hidden Empire, Mingei International Museum of World Folk Art, 1983.

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