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This wearable necklace of six large beads of antique, solid amber shaped as cubes (these have been tested and are genuine amber), and five large, hollow silver beads, is from the San’a region of Yemen.
The silver beads are decorated with applied seed motifs and ribbing. beads are all decorated with fine wire ribbing and applied spangles. One bead retains an applied silver plaques with the mark of the maker.
The beads are strung on twisted cotton cord with silver wire chain completing the rest of the necklace. There is the original, basic eye and hook closing mechanism.
The necklace has obvious age, and a fine patina, and encompasses a substantial amount of antique amber. All elements are in fine condition.
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.