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Very Unusual Arabian Silver & Gold Bracelet

Bedouin People, Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia or Yemen
early 20th century

internal diameter at widest point: 5.5cm, width: 13.3cm, height: 11cm, weight: 167g

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Provenance

Dutch art market

This unusual and highly decorative bracelet was identified in an old collection as being from Tunisia, in northern Africa. However, the styling and motifs suggest more the Bedouin of the Arabian Peninsula, either Saudi Arabia or Yemen (the significant gold presence suggests Saudi Arabia.) As yet, we are not aware of anything quite like it that has been published.

It is hollow, and of silver with decorative ribs overlaid with thickly applied gold. There are three prominent, cone-like spikes, and applied granulation work.

The bracelet has its full set of decorative pendant chains: there are twelve suspended double silver chains each of which terminates with an embossed silver tear-shaped plaque.

The bracelet is in very fine condition.

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