Necklace – Yemen

Photo credit : Michael Backman Ltd

Posted by : Sarah Corbett

Yemen
early 20th century

length: 62cm, total weight: 150g

This necklace of hollow silver beads from Yemen includes three rare, large beads chased with a pineapple skin-like pattern. This type of pattern is highly unusual and we have been unable to find published examples.

It includes better-known bead forms: there are four beads decorated with applied seed motifs for example, various small, pierced beads used as spacers between the larger beads and so on.

Several of the more typical beads have maker’s marks.

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