Enquiry about object: 4102
Nubian Silver Pendant
Nubian People, Sudan & Southern Egypt, probably the Siwa Oasis early 20th century
length: 30cm, width: 17cm, weight: 258g
UK art market
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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.
The central panel is engraved with a sun burst or solar motif. It has a raised, central boss.
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. The bells are larger than is typical and it is possible that the original owner substituted larger bells (made from a different area) for the dangles that would have been there.
van Roode, S., Desert Silver: Understanding Traditional Jewellery from the Middle East and North Africa, BLKVLD, 2017.