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Pendant from a Woman's Headpiece
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Pendant from a Woman's Headpiece

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Description This pendant was one of a pair and was part of a woman's headpiece. The triangle is cast, the loops soldered on. The motif combines rosettes, spirals, circles, and rhombic granulation clusters, and is framed by a bead-molded border. The top loop connects to a smaller rhombic element with circle and semicircle filigree, and to an elongated hook with square and double-dot décor. Ten chains hanging down from the five bottom loops, and each has a stylized hand pendant at its end. The back of the pendant has an Arabic stamp with the date: nusfi 128x. The term "nusfi" means "half," and the last number of the date is lost, but it must be a number in the later 1280s AH(AD late 1860s-early 1870s). In addition, there is the name of the silversmith engraved in Hebrew: Sh(lomo) Sharayan, mahasit. The same silversmith is named on the pendants of Walters 57.2313. The term "mahasit" means "half".
Date Description Narrative
  • Diadem and Dagger: Jewish Artisans of Yemen. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2012-2013.
  • Treasures of Yemenite Silverwork. The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Jerusalem. 2016-2017.
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: nusfi 128x; [Engraved] In Hebrew: S(lomo) Sarayan, mahasit
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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1285-1289 AH/AD 1865-1875
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
Accession Number
Triangle H without loops: 1 15/16 x W of base: 1 9/16 in. (5 x 4 cm)
  • Yemen, Raydah (Place of Origin)
  • Yemen, Sana'a (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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