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This exceptional silver collar or choker necklace, from the Bedouin people of Saudi Arabia and possibly Yemen, is one of only a handful of which we are aware.
The neck band is hinged and opens and closes with a sliding pin mechanism. It is decorated with applied granulation and wire work.
Twenty-three pendant chains are suspended from the lower part of the neck band. These incorporate elongated silver beads, round beads and leaf plaques, in an alternating fashion.
A related example was offered as part of lot 424 at Sotheby’s London, ‘Islamic Works of Art, Carpets and Textiles’, October 10-11, 1990. A less elaborate example is illustrated in Colyer Ross (1978, p. 30).
The collar necklace is wearable, but equally, is decorative and sculptural when displayed on a stand. There minor losses to main band, but overall, the item is in excellent condition.
Colyer Ross, H., Bedouin Jewellery in Saudi Arabia, Stacey International, 1978.
Ransom, M., Silver Treasures from the Land of Sheba: Regional Yemeni Jewelry, AUC Press, 2014.