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An ornate gilt silver cuff from Ethiopia, possibly made by Armenian jewelers.  Late 19th or early 20th century.  From the Museum of African Art

An ornate gilt silver cuff from Ethiopia, possibly made by Armenian jewelers. Late 19th or early 20th century. From the Museum of African Art

Ethiopia | Bracelet; silver | Early 20th century

Ethiopia | Bracelet; silver | Early 20th century

Past and Present:  Here is an interesting comparison of two traditional bracelets from Oman. The one on the left is an old silver bracelet, made and worn before gold became the preferred metal. The one on the right is nearly the same design, re-interpreted and executed in 21 carat gold. Interestingly the gold bracelet is only a bit lighter than the silver one!

Past and Present: Here is an interesting comparison of two traditional bracelets from Oman. The one on the left is an old silver bracelet, made and worn before gold became the preferred metal. The one on the right is nearly the same design, re-interpreted and executed in 21 carat gold. Interestingly the gold bracelet is only a bit lighter than the silver one!

Philippines Maranao bracelet from the island of Mindanao.  Gilt, with beautiful arabesque repousse and a filigree plaque over the closure.

Philippines Maranao bracelet from the island of Mindanao. Gilt, with beautiful arabesque repousse and a filigree plaque over the closure.

Ethiopia.  An exquisite old gilt silver cuff with fine filigree and granulation.  From the marvelous collection of Tesori Orientali.

Ethiopia. An exquisite old gilt silver cuff with fine filigree and granulation. From the marvelous collection of Tesori Orientali.

A pair of Turkoman cuffs that are signed and dated 1322 Hijri or 1904. From the Tekke people. With beautiful gilded details in the scalloped and chevron edging and the complex engraving.  In high grade silver with carnelian and weighing 515 grams.

A pair of Turkoman cuffs that are signed and dated 1322 Hijri or 1904. From the Tekke people. With beautiful gilded details in the scalloped and chevron edging and the complex engraving. In high grade silver with carnelian and weighing 515 grams.

Africa | Woman's anklet,Yïgïr Ambar, made of silver and silver gilt from Ethiopia | These type of anklets were worn exclusively by high ranking Christian women. Gold or gilded silver could only be worn with the permission of the Emperor. Most gold was locally sourced, but much of the silver was obtained by melting down imported Maria Theresa Thalers.  The small conical bells, commonly found on Christian Ethiopian jewellery. | ca. 19th century, prior to 1868.

Africa | Woman's anklet,Yïgïr Ambar, made of silver and silver gilt from Ethiopia | These type of anklets were worn exclusively by high ranking Christian women. Gold or gilded silver could only be worn with the permission of the Emperor. Most gold was locally sourced, but much of the silver was obtained by melting down imported Maria Theresa Thalers. The small conical bells, commonly found on Christian Ethiopian jewellery. | ca. 19th century, prior to 1868.

Mauritanian Anklet  This is an absolutely massive and gorgeous anklet worn near the borders of southern Mauritania, Senegal, and Mali.  Made of cast aluminum and gilded brass.

Mauritanian Anklet This is an absolutely massive and gorgeous anklet worn near the borders of southern Mauritania, Senegal, and Mali. Made of cast aluminum and gilded brass.

Rashida gilt silver cuffs early 20th c (private collection Linda Pastorino)

Rashida gilt silver cuffs early 20th c (private collection Linda Pastorino)

Egypt | Silver cuff from the desert region ~ Oasis of Siwa | ca. early 20th century | 475€

Egypt | Silver cuff from the desert region ~ Oasis of Siwa | ca. early 20th century | 475€

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