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  1. Tinboy
    Tinboy liked blog post by CraftsofthePast On : Antique Gold Layered Silver Turkoman Tumar Bozbend
    Liked On: 01-03-2012, 12:36 AM
  2. Nidorino
    Nidorino liked post by CraftsofthePast On thread : Why this Necklace Was Made and How it Got Here
    A rare and wondrous piece from a Yemen bride's dowry of silver (http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/craftsofthepast/3926344/Antique)and other kinds of beads. Antique Silver Yemen...
    Liked On: 10-26-2011, 02:32 PM
  3. walky
    walky liked post by CraftsofthePast On thread : Rare Cultural Relic of the Silversmith Community in Yemen
    This silver granulation method is no longer practiced in Yemen. The silversmiths all emigrated to Israel in the early 1900s and took with them the techniques of creating unique silver beads and...
    Liked On: 10-22-2011, 04:13 PM
  4. Tad
    Tad liked post by CraftsofthePast On thread : Antique Turkoman Triple Asik from 1900s Turkmenistan
    Collected in 1970s in Afghanistan. The triple asik (http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/craftsofthepast/3920808/Antique) symbolizes father, mother, child in the mindset of the Turkoman...
    Liked On: 10-12-2011, 03:22 PM
  5. Teddy
    Teddy liked post by CraftsofthePast On thread : 4500 years old Bactrian fossilized shell miniature amulets
    Recognized and discussed in the publications of Victor Sarianidi, the excavator and foremost authority on the Bactria-Margiana Archeological Complex, as amulets of the first Iranian people scattered...
    Liked On: 10-09-2011, 06:59 AM
  6. Teddy
    Teddy liked post by CraftsofthePast On thread : Rare antique Yemen silver chain mail headband or necklace
    Can this kind of work be done by hand any more? Three layers of different kinds of linked or woven silver pieces for beauty and comfort. More information at: Antique Yemen Woven Silver Collar |...
    Liked On: 10-09-2011, 06:59 AM
  7. tommy
    tommy liked post by CraftsofthePast On thread : Antique Yemen Silver Amulet with Maker's Mark
    A vestige of a vanished culture. A silver amulet with granulation, a characteristic of the work done in Yemen by the Jewish silversmiths before they all emigrated to Israel in the early 1900s. ...
    Liked On: 09-23-2011, 02:07 PM
  8. Tetris
    Tetris liked post by CraftsofthePast On thread : Antique Yemen Silver Amulet with Maker's Mark
    A vestige of a vanished culture. A silver amulet with granulation, a characteristic of the work done in Yemen by the Jewish silversmiths before they all emigrated to Israel in the early 1900s. ...
    Liked On: 09-22-2011, 04:06 PM
  9. Muk
    Muk liked post by CraftsofthePast On thread : Lapis Lazuli miniature bead from Bactria ca 4,500 years old
    Nothing much rarer than this one. See longer description at link: Bactria Lapis Lazuli Gem Miniature Bird Figure Amulet | craftsofthepast - Antiques on ArtFire...
    Liked On: 09-19-2011, 05:06 PM
  10. Venusaur
    Venusaur liked blog post by CraftsofthePast On : Stone Ornamentation
    I have a more complete description of some of the crafts that I will discuss in this blog along with photos at my studio at http://craftsofthepast.artfire.com In addition to making stone tools,...
    Liked On: 09-16-2011, 04:36 PM
  11. stevie
    stevie liked post by CraftsofthePast On thread : Introducing Myself: CraftsofthePast
    Just a quick introduction. I have been a collector of rare antiques and antiquities for more than 40 years. I am in the process of dispersing my collection. I will be looking for information on...
    Liked On: 09-13-2011, 07:04 PM
  12. Puck
    Puck liked post by CraftsofthePast On thread : A Collector's Story about a rare archeological find
    See the photo of the item and the story here: http://static.artfire.com/admin/product_images/thumbs/--120000--114924_product_663177364_thumb_large.jpg Acheulian Style Handaxe 80,000 to 50,000 B P |...
    Liked On: 09-10-2011, 06:06 PM
  13. Puck
    Puck liked post by CraftsofthePast On thread : Fabulous Fakes in Roman period!
    Can you tell these are glass and not banded agate? I had to be told by the collector who knew what they were, but they are very collectible anyway. Date from the early Middle Ages of what is now...
    Liked On: 09-10-2011, 06:06 PM
  14. lucky
    lucky liked post by CraftsofthePast On thread : Introducing Myself: CraftsofthePast
    Just a quick introduction. I have been a collector of rare antiques and antiquities for more than 40 years. I am in the process of dispersing my collection. I will be looking for information on...
    Liked On: 09-07-2011, 02:06 PM
  15. yoyo
    yoyo liked post by CraftsofthePast On thread : Introducing Myself: CraftsofthePast
    Just a quick introduction. I have been a collector of rare antiques and antiquities for more than 40 years. I am in the process of dispersing my collection. I will be looking for information on...
    Liked On: 09-02-2011, 12:03 AM
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Antique Yemen Silver Bawsani Filigree Amulet Necklace with Prayers

by CraftsofthePast on 03-16-2013 at 03:11 PM
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This magnificent old Yemen silver filigree necklace still contains the tiny booklet of prayers and blessings that it was meant to contain. The top panel slides and allows the book to be removed if the owner wishes to do so. I have never touched the sheaf of bound papers on which the blessings are written. I have only looked

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Ancient Bactria Copper Bronze Seal Cruciform Floral Design Published

by CraftsofthePast on 07-05-2012 at 09:04 PM
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This ancient copper seal also labeled as bronze by some scholars was created by artisans of Bactria. It repeats a traditional motif of a series of petals or circles that are arranged so that when looking at the impression of the seal the viewer sees the + shape crossed by an x shape. This seal has another common feature of seals and amulets of the third millennium B.C.

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Middle Paleolithic Mousterian Style Flake Tool Found in Jordan Desert

by CraftsofthePast on 06-21-2012 at 10:22 AM
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A weekend outing as an amateur archeologist in Jordan often took me off the beaten track in search of uncharted Stone Age sites. But this particular site was just off the main road and onto another paved road. And it had the ruins of a stone building standing among the flint (actually quartz) scatter of stone age tools.

I collected this flake tool

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Ancient Bactria Steatite Cosmetic Flask over Three Thousand Years Old

by CraftsofthePast on 06-14-2012 at 11:08 AM
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This ancient flask that once contained cosmetics was found in the ruins of ancient Bactria in Afghanistan. The vessel, once found, would have been taken to the nearest city to an antiques merchant and sold. The antiques merchant then sold it to an international dealer and we bought it for our collection from that dealer. For assurance that this is Bactrian, you can

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Antique Gilded Silver Yemen Wedding Necklace Amulets Granulated Beads

by CraftsofthePast on 02-15-2012 at 08:03 PM
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Antique Gilded Silver Yemen Wedding Necklace Amulets Granulated Beads and Many Fertility Symbols

This is an antique gilded silver wedding necklace worn by a woman in Yemen in the early nineteen hundreds. It probably belonged to a woman whose family could afford the extra cost of apply a gold wash to all parts of this piece except the handmade chain that passes

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