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Pair of Syrian Silver-Gilt & Gold Earrings inset with Turquoise

Syria
late 19th century

lengths: 16.3cm, width: 6.8cm, combined weight: 53g

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Provenance

private collection, London. The previous owner is a former movie actress in Lebanon now based in London.

This pair of earrings from Syria, are of gilded (gold plated) silver with applied gold, flower-form plaques, inset with turquoise, and applied filigree work. They are in the form of the Islamic-inspired sun and crescent moon motifs, with each component being connected by chains and further decorated by pendant spangles.

The earrings have later clip-on conversions that are fronted with gilded, faux-Ottoman coins.

There are some losses to the dangling chains.

See below for an old image of a Syrian lady wearing related jewellery, and also Gerlach (1971, p. 57) for related 19th century Syrian jewellery.

References

Gerlach, M. (ed.), Primitive and Folk Jewelry, (originally published in 1906), Dover Publications, 1971.

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