3966

Enquiry about object: 3966

    Your First Name (required)

    Your Last Name (required)

    Your Email (required)

    Your Country (required)

    Your Message

    Large Silver Bead & Amber Necklace with Amulet Box (Hirz)

    San'a, Yemen
    early 20th century

    total length (circumference as worn): 96cm, total weight: 381g, each amber bead is around 2.5cm square

    Available - Enquire

    Provenance

    UK art market

    – scroll down to see further images –

    This wearable necklace of eight amber beads shaped as cubes (these test as genuine amber); six large, hollow silver beads; and an amulet box (hirz) with a filigree pendant medallion, is from the San’a region of Yemen.

    The amulet box does not appear to open but would have contained some protective Koranic verses.

    The amber and large silver beads are all separated by smaller silver beads.

    The large beads are all decorated with fine wire ribbing and applied spangles. They have remnants of gilding (gold-plating) and some have applied silver plaques with the mark of the maker.

    The necklace has obvious age, a fine patina, and the expected minor imperfections that come from age and wear.

    References

    Daalder, T., Ethnic Jewellery and Adornment: Australia, Oceania, Asia, Africa, Ethnic Art Press/Macmillan, 2009.

    Ransom, M., Silver Treasures from the Land of Sheba: Regional Yemeni Jewelry, AUC Press, 2014.

    Dozens of items are added to our website each month. Be among the first to know about them.
    Sign up to our monthly catalogue