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Palestine | A silver chin chain or iznaq dating back to the 19th century from the Bethlehem and Jerusalem area. || At the two ends of the chain hang triangular white metal amulets called herz. Many silver crescent shaped talismans hang from the chain along with amulets known as the 'hand of Fatimah' after the daughter of the Prophet Mohammed. | This chain would have been suspended from the earflaps of the headdress such as the shatweh, smadeh and saffeh, to hang below the chin.:

Palestine | A silver chin chain or iznaq dating back to the 19th century from the Bethlehem and Jerusalem area. || At the two ends of the chain hang triangular white metal amulets called herz. Many silver crescent shaped talismans hang from the chain along with amulets known as the 'hand of Fatimah' after the daughter of the Prophet Mohammed. | This chain would have been suspended from the earflaps of the headdress such as the shatweh, smadeh and saffeh, to hang below the chin.:

Silver Chin-Chain (iznaq, Bethlehem in the Mandate Period: Most villagers wore iznaqs with single or doubled chains; the seven chains and elaborate ornaments of the Bethlehem period iznaq proclaimed their superior wealth. It was suspended from the sides of the tall headdress (shatweh).

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Mongolia, Chahar Province. Earrings; made of silver, coral, (possibly) turquoise and (certainly) enamel. Worn by married women as part of their headdress. These are not very old: 20th century (and probably even after 1950, I would think); but quite attractive. ©World Jewellery Museum, South Korea.

made of silver, coral, (possibly) turquoise and enamel. ©World Jewellery Museum, South Korea.

A silver chin-chain (called 'iznaq') with many coins and a cross-shaped pendant. 19th c. A museum piece of Palestinian history from the Bethlehem region.

A magnificent silver chin-chain or iznaq with many coins and a cross-shaped pendant. Posted by Johanne on Ethnic Jewels. A museum piece of Palestinian history from the Bethlehem region.

Yemen | Woman's headdress; silver and glass (including the cabochons made to look like coral) | 20th century | © Musée du quai Branly

Yemen | Woman's headdress; silver and glass (including the cabochons made to look like coral) | 20th century | © Musée du quai Branly

A lovely 5-strand iznaq or chin-chain from Bethlehem. This is a large and heavy piece with strong hooks, hand made chains, a special filigree focal bead, and an old and worn Thaler. This necklace was attached to the headdress (shatweh) and worn under the chin. The classic example of the Bethlehem chin chain has seven strands and is called a "sabe' 'rwah" or seven-souls necklace. This one has five souls.

This is a repost with better photography of a lovely iznaq or chin-chain from Bethlehem. This is a large and heavy piece with strong hooks, hand made…

Central Asia | Five Turkman silver gilt ornaments; each of lobed circular form, decorated in repoussé with vegetal designs, inlaid with coloured glass | late 19th to early 20th century | Est. £ 1'500 / 2'000 ~ (Jun '14)

Five Turkman silver gilt ornaments; each of lobed circular form, decorated in repoussé with vegetal designs, inlaid with coloured glass

Silver and niello amulet pendant made by Armenian silversmiths living in Jordan.  Worn in Jordan and Palestine.

Silver and niello amulet pendant made by Armenian silversmiths living in Jordan. Worn in Jordan and Palestine.

Palestinian Iznaq Chin-Chain

This is a beautiful old Palestinian iznaq or chin-chain, attached to the headdress and worn just beneath the chin. Featuring strong hooks, a double chain, a sp…

Old silver with blue enamel from Multan (Madinat-ul-Awliyah: the City of Saints), Pakistan.

Vintage silver enamel, amazonite and coral pendant necklace Morocco Berber. by tribalgallery on Etsy

Vintage silver enamel, amazonite and coral pendant necklace Morocco Berber. by tribalgallery on Etsy