Description The chased bracelet is made of a larger (2/3) and a smaller piece (1/3) that together form a hollow ring, which is held together by a clasp. The design depicts fourleaf clovers, six on the larger piece and three on the smaller piece of the ring. The lower rim has twenty-two loops, each with a ring - twenty with three-dimensional drop-shaped pendants, one with a two dimensional drop-shaped pendant, and one with a rosette-shaped pendant. The inside of the bracelet has an Arabic stamp with the name of the ruler: al-Mahdi. The similarity to stamps of al-Mahdi al-"Abbas makes it likely that the pendants were produced under his reign from AH 1161-1189 (AD 1748-1775). In addition, the name of the silversmith is engraved in Hebrew: xxx "Iraqi. The first name is lost but the supplement "Iraqi clarifies that he or his family came from originally from Iraq.
- Diadem and Dagger: Jewish Artisans of Yemen. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2012-2013.
Provenance Mr. Derek Content and Mr. Benjamin Zucker [Zucker Family Trust] London and New York, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 2010, by gift.
Inscriptions [Stamp] In Arabic: al-Mahdi; [Engraved] In Hebrew: xxx 'Iraqi
Credit Joint gift to the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Mr. Derek Content and Mr. Benjamin Zucker in honor of Mrs. Amanda Content and Mrs. Barbara Zucker, 2010
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