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  1. Antique Yemen Silver Ring Two Fingered Granulation Bridal Dowry

    by on 02-09-2012 at 07:32 AM (Crafts of the Past)
    Quote Originally Posted by CraftsofthePast View Post


    This is a traditional ring seen on the hands of brides in old photographs. Granulation and beaded wire decorate the amuletic round boxes that rattle when moved. They are hollow containers for seeds or small stones whose significance is not explained by the curators of the collections of Yemen Jewish silver jewelry of the period.

    The wedding jewelry as
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  2. Stone Age Biface Hand Axe of Jordan with Desert Sheen

    by on 01-30-2012 at 01:14 PM (Crafts of the Past)
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    Biface round axe in the Middle Stone Age style of the Jordanian Desert. At the time I was doing amateur surveys for possible surface artifacts, the people who had produced the stone age tools were nick-named the Jordanian Neanderthals, because they produced their tools using much the same techniques as the Mousterian period in Europe. The Jordanian Middle Stone Age technology
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  3. Antique Silver Bracelet Yemen Maker Signed Makers Mark

    by on 01-17-2012 at 09:51 AM (Crafts of the Past)
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    Antique signed bracelet by the Yemen Jewish silversmith. Granulation and beaded wire form geometric motifs round the bracelet. The covering for the hasp is more delicate tracery with filigree wire and tiny granules. The signature is just on the inside of the fastener. If you cannot see it, request an enlargement of that part of the photo if you are considering a purchase.
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  4. Antique Gilded Silver Turkoman Turkmen Asik circa Nineteen Hundred

    by on 01-03-2012 at 02:49 PM (Crafts of the Past)
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    The tripartite Turkoman Turkmen Asik in gilded silver decorated with table cut carnelians and hung on its original leather cord represents the family: father, mother and child.
    This piece is known as gosa-asyk. The traditional design is an alignment of three plaques suggestive of heart shapes to Western mindsets or representing parts of female bodies in the Turkoman mindset.
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  5. Antique Gold Layered Silver Turkoman Tumar Bozbend

    by on 01-02-2012 at 10:31 AM (Crafts of the Past)
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    Antique Gold Layered Silver Turkoman Tumar Bozbend
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    Antique Turkoman tribal tumar bozbend patterned amulet, commemorating ancestors in the nine blossom motifs along the top edge of the mountain symbol and reflected in the same number of pendants attached to the bozbend tube.

    The coins and bell beads show some dates probably preceding the time frame in which the tumar bozbend was created. They date from the 1200s and 1300s of the Moslem A.
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