Our collection includes personal adornment in various forms: jewelry, belts, ornaments for the head and other areas. Materials are also varied, but always the items are made by hand, with care and skill.

 

Tribal Adornment

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  • Bedouin Ornament

    This large pendant is of traditional design and could have also been used as a hair ornament or hung from a headdress. Granulation and stamped sheet designs are applied to a cast ring. For more information please see Heather Colyer Ross; The Art of Bedouin Jewellery; 1981; and Bedouin Jewellery in Saudi Arabia; 1978 & 1989.

    Size: 3″ x 4.5″

    $55.00

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  • Bedouin Pectoral

    Elaborately hung with chains and bells, this large double pendant is ornamented with filigree, gallery wire, applied designs, and an Islamic glass bead. It could be handsomely framed or strung on old chain to wear. For more information please see Heather Colyer Ross; The Art of Bedouin Jewellery; 1981; and Bedouin Jewellery in Saudi Arabia; 1978 & 1989.

    Size: 6″ x 3.75″

    $220.00

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  • Bedouin Silver Bracelet

    From the souks of Arabia, this old cuff bracelet is a classic. Ornamented with three old Saudi coins, it shows the patina and scars of age. Much of the Bedouin silver is coin silver and not of a high grade- we suspect that is the case with this piece. Overall the condition is good, tho the inside is no longer smooth due to use. This is a collector’s piece and not practical to wear.

    Size: 4.25 in. across outside; 2.75 in. across inside x 1.75 in. wide

    $120.00

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  • Bedouin Silver Bracelet

    This old bracelet is another ‘souk find’ and is a much-loved design from this part of the world. It’s seen long use, as the condition attests. The ornamentation is applied: twisted wires, pieces with granulation, and flat diamond-shaped pieces, which mimic the larger incised diamond shape where the ends meet. This is probably made of coin silver, like JT203. It would be a nice addition to a Bedouin silver collection.

    Size: 4 in. across outside; 2.66 in. across inside x .75 in. wide

    $95.00

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  • Ceremonial Comb from Sumba ‘Hai kara jangga’

    From the island of Sumba in Indonesia, these combs are worn by girls of marriageable age at village ceremonies. This one is smaller than most and dates from the 20th century and is made from one segment of a sea turtle shell. Beautifully decorated with cutouts of stylized roosters, crocodiles, and a skull tree, it is in excellent condition with no broken or repaired teeth. It includes a custom-made metal stand.

    5.2 in. w. x 4.5 in. h.

    $300.00

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  • Karen Silver Earplugs

    These silver earplugs are worn by the Karen women in N. Thailand and E. Burma. This pair is old and not the highest grade of silver, but nice and in good condition.

    Size: Over 1″ dia.

    $40.00 for the pair

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  • Karen Silver Hairpin

    Made by Karen tribal silversmiths in N. Thailand, this hairpin is ornamented with a handsome three-dimensional grouping of spirals, archetypal designs from antiquity.

    Size: 6.25″ long

    $25.00

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  • Leather Pectoral

    This unusual old pectoral is comprised of stamped metal design elements and a round inset stone, all mounted on a thick piece of leather. Probably from the tribal people of Afghanistan.

    Size: 7″ dia.

    $60.00

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  • Miao Silver Earrings

    These unusual earrings are from the Miao of Guizhou and are of traditional design.

    Size, each: 1.6″ x 2″ x 0.5″

    $120.00

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  • Silver Belt Buckle from Central Asia

    This handsome silver belt buckle is attractively decorated with floral patterns which are accented with niello (an oxidation technique for silver). Three conical shapes provide distinctive ornamentation that we’ve seen before on belt buckles from the Caucasus. Six 15 kopek coins dangle by chains from the lower edge; their dates of 1915 and 1916 could give a clue to the age of this piece. Note that the piece curves: that, combined with the size suggests that it could have been made for a boy or a woman. It could be easily worn with a belt of leather or cloth attached to the rings on the back. The silver tests to between 80 and 90%. We found this in Saudi Arabia and think it could have been brought by a pilgrim coming to Mecca for the Haj. This is a handsome and very wearable piece.

    Size: 10.25 in. x 3.12 in.

    $480.00

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  • Silver Belt Buckle from Thailand

    Elegantly detailed with handworked floral motifs, this fine vintage silver buckle from Thailand comprises three parts, all handmade. Buckles like this were, and are still, worn with silver belts by women of high status as part of elegant traditional outfits. This is probably 92.5% silver, and weighs 78.5 grams.

    Size: 4.25 in. x 2 in.

    $245.00

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  • Silver Bracelet

    A flexible, wide band of a modern, yet ethnic design, this attractive bracelet is handmade of silver, probably in India. Lovely rounded ends with a stylized birds finish it nicely, and a hook connects the ends. 67.5 grams

    Size: 7 5/8 in. x 1 1/4 in.

    $120.00

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  • Tuareg Turban Band with Ornaments

    This woven band and attached ornaments are worn tied around a Tuareg man’s turban. Probably nickel and brass, these handsome pieces are fine examples of ‘tcherot’. They are nicely made and decorated with incising and layering of metals. Please see Angela Fisher’s Africa Adorned pp.190-217 for more information on the Tuareg.

    Size: Each ornament is approximately 2.75″ x 2.75″

    $320.00

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  • Turkoman Yomut Pectoral

    This large silver pectoral is from the Yomut tribe of the Turkoman people and includes their distinctive stamped and fire-gilded design motifs, as well as four large set carnelians, and fine gallery wire borders.

    Size: 8.75″ x 5.5″

    $165.00

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