Yemeni Necklace, item 81

Yemeni Necklace, item 81

4,400.00

14th century silver and glass necklace with hollow silver balls and hijab amulets. Faux coins are 19th and 20th century additions. The fact that the coins are counterfeit does not decrease interest in the piece.  During this period, in the Arab world, the supply of quality European coins was limited.  Silver was used to duplicate the appearance, often with misspellings, of valued currency.  The thread of the necklace would be of interest to many collectors and the necklace should not be restrung without forethought.  It was common practice in the Middle East for the wife to wear the family’s wealth and to add and subtract items of value, such as the coins, as economic necessity requires.   Acquired in Bad-al-Yemen, Sana’a, Yemen 1976.

19” necklace of glass and silver. Main pendant is 2 3/4” wide.  

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