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Yemeni Silver Bead & Coral Necklace with Amulet Box (Hirz)

Yemen
early 20th century

total length: 62cm, weight: 155g

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Provenance

UK art market

This wearable necklace of six hollow silver beads; coral and small silver granulation beads, and an amulet box (hirz) with a filigree pendant medallions, is from the San’a region or the Mahwit area of western Yemen Yemen.

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

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

It is stable and has been restrung on nylon cord. It has an easy-to-use hook catch.

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.

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