This exceptional silver collar necklace, from 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.
The collar necklace is wearable, but equally, is decorative a sculptural when displayed on a stand. There minor losses to main band but overall, the condition is in excellent condition
Ransom, M., Silver Treasures from the Land of Sheba: Regional Yemeni Jewelry, AUC Press, 2014.