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19th century jewelry from Yemen, India, and the Balkans.  Acquired by the Met Museum in 1891 from the Edward C. Moore Collection

19th century jewelry from Yemen, India, and the Balkans. Acquired by the Met Museum in 1891 from the Edward C. Moore Collection

Yemen | Necklace ~ lazem ~ silver  | ca. 2nd half of the 19th century // © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. M.302-1910

Yemen | Necklace ~ lazem ~ silver | ca. 2nd half of the 19th century // © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. M.302-1910

This necklace, called a lazem, has a pendent amulet case in its centre. The silver beads between the pieces of coral are typical of Yemeni jewellery. They are made of granules soldered together in pyramids, called tut, because they resemble mulberry berries. The lengths of braided cotton at the ends of the necklace are also typical. The original owner saw no need to extend the expensive silver and coral work behind her head, where it could not be seen. Yemen, circa 1850-1900

This necklace, called a lazem, has a pendent amulet case in its centre. The silver beads between the pieces of coral are typical of Yemeni jewellery. They are made of granules soldered together in pyramids, called tut, because they resemble mulberry berries. The lengths of braided cotton at the ends of the necklace are also typical. The original owner saw no need to extend the expensive silver and coral work behind her head, where it could not be seen. Yemen, circa 1850-1900

Oman | Five examples of rectangular hirz (Qur'an case) pendants, worn singularly on simple silver chains; silver, some partially gilded. Probably all from Northern Oman.  | ca. 1950s // ©British Museum. 2009,6023.178-179

Oman | Five examples of rectangular hirz (Qur'an case) pendants, worn singularly on simple silver chains; silver, some partially gilded. Probably all from Northern Oman. | ca. 1950s // ©British Museum. 2009,6023.178-179

Tunisia | Pear-shaped pendant "Agal" from Djerba | Silver, with enamel and original dangles | 2nd half 19th century | 460$

Tunisia | Pear-shaped pendant "Agal" from Djerba | Silver, with enamel and original dangles | 2nd half 19th century | 460$

Iran | Five octagonal Qajar arm amulet cases; silver.  Inscribed with verses from the qur'an, each with a silver loop either side for attachment to the arm.  | ca. 19th century or later | 625£ ~ sold (Apr '09)

Iran | Five octagonal Qajar arm amulet cases; silver. Inscribed with verses from the qur'an, each with a silver loop either side for attachment to the arm. | ca. 19th century or later | 625£ ~ sold (Apr '09)

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