The decorative bottoms (as you can see in the preview photo on the left) symbolize the horns of the bull Nandi or Nandin. I haven't found references to ones like this yet but am enchanted by it. White hearts and silver is one of my favourite combinations. I collected these milagros during visits to Mexican flea/antique markets.
The jewellery made her varies a lot as it is made from the melted silver that they have collected. It is a beautiful wearable sculptural piece although it was most likely made to be held tightly in the hand by a traditional dancer. This is an old sandcast Navajo bracelet that I bought in the early 1980s from a vintage shop. The body of this pendant is copper that has been hammered into shape. I have simply had this piece sitting in a display case along with pre Columbian beads. Although I have visited a few places in Italy I have never been to Rome so it seemed a little silly to hold onto this. The shorter antique natural coral necklace is 18 inches long and has a Moroccan box pendant (silver in the front, brass in the back) 1 1/16 inches square. I bought this necklace in a Mexico City antiques market. I believe that this is a Yemeni ring but am not sure. This is from my collection of North African rings - sold together. The 6 are sold together - the smallest is a size 10, and the largest a size 12.5. This was bought in Brazil by a dealer/collector and I have had it for about 15 years. This is sterling silver (as marked) with pre Columbian images in each piece with a background of abalone shell.
Theends of the geometrically decorative pieces are 1 1/8 inch square. That is why the shape is wider than an average wrist would be. Somebody must have tried to change the size which you cannot do with a sandcast piece as it has no flexible grain to the silver - and it was once broken and repaired. The inside of the bracelet is 2 1/8 inches by 1 1/2 inches. The piece of the copper for the shape of the head is a flat piece which has a piece of silver coloured material soldered onto it as a face. It has been around a while, worn and banged up a bit with the colour altered by time... The mask is 2 3/4 inches tall and 2 1/4 inches at the widest. There are four different images on the coins and you can check a close-up here. The second necklace is 20 inches long and has a Moroccan box pendant 1 1/2 by 5/8 inches. The coral is a richer colour than it appears in the photo. It is quite an unusual combination and I was wondering if it was a slightly modern interpretation of traditional Mexico. This is a very attractive amulet necklace from the mid-East. The colours of these antique Vaseline beads are richer than the photo shows. All that I know is that it is very attractive and rather complex to make. The ring in the preview photo on the left is size 9.5. It is quite heavy and shipping will cost more than usual. The colours of the shell are rich with shots of green and pink/purple.
Keep in mind that the inside layer is sometimes very thin from wear so difficult to see at times. So - the number of layers are: 7, 7, 7, 7, 2 (black & white bead), 7, 7, 7, 3 (not a chevron), 7, 5or6, 7, 7, 6, 7, 7, 7, 5or6, 7, 7, 6, 7, 7, 7, 6, 7. This is a great pair of Moroccan bracelets of a similar style to the ones on page 20 of "A World of Bracelets." According to the author writing about the group illustrated there: "Morocco, Western and Central Anti-Atlas (Ida ou Semlal and Ida ou Nadif) silver, niello and glass. This is a damaged piece but I fell in love with it nonetheless. It fits on my wrist between hand and wristbone where it measures 6 inches around. You can see more on page 151 of Robert Liu's book "Collectible Beads" though these are a little glossier and have more "life" to them. I am selling these 8 antique Ethiopian crosses as a group. The tallest cross is 2 5/8 inches tall and the smallest is 1 inch tall. Starting from the left the ring sizes are: Ring #1 - 8.5, Ring #2 - 7, Ring #3 - 9, Ring #4 - 9.5. The amulet is 4 1/8 inch across and the necklace goes around 26 inches so that it can be slipped over the head. The central pendant (with some pieces of red glass on it) is a bit over 2 1/4 inches tall.
I still have to find my notes and check what these beads had cost me before I can price them. This antique silver Chinese butterfly pendant is blackened as it has been hanging on a hook on my wall for years. These bracelets show the flawless mastery of nielloware and engraving achieved by artisans in the past. This style of bracelet is shown on page 34 of "A World of Bracelets." The author wrote "Mauritania. I never strung it up (it has a stringing hole big enough for a good sized cord) but just had it in a display case. #2 is of the same style as the fibulas on page 19 of "A World of Necklaces." "Morocco, Western Anti-Atlas Mountains. (The "worm" technique is characteristic of Ida ou Semlal jewellery)" This single fibula is 7 inches long and 3 7/8 inches at the widest. According to Liu "The degree of polish and intensity of colour greatly determine the value of Tairona beads and amulets; those that have been highly polished are considered vivo or live, while beads with a dull finish and muted colours are considered muerte or dead." 00. The crosses are different shapes representing different communities - you can see some descriptions in the book "Africa Adorned". The beads go around 27 1/2 inches and look quite stupendous. This gorgeous bracelet is from the Golden Triangle most likely worn by the Hmong or Yao. This is the last of a group of Ethiopian crosses that I kept from my own collection.
(for questions please email: [email protected]) COL08. This necklace is a bit of a mix between two areas in South America. The originating religion came from Africa and was brought by priests (arriving as slaves) from the Orishas of Yoruba, the Voduns of the Jeje nation and the Nkisis of the Bantu starting in the mid 1500s. orishas act as protectors of the people and all have specific powers and directions to their lives.
The Tairona carnelian beads give great energy to the silver pieces from Peru - all pre Columbian/pre Hispanic. This is a very simple strand of African trade beads originating in Venice. This beautiful carved ivory piece is 6 3/4 inches from one end to the other. The container at the bottom is 1 3/4 inches wide and 1 1/4 inches tall. Many dances and celebrations are involved including the dances of the Baba Egum. The doll is 6 inches tall and a very collectible piece. The pendant is 21mm tall (a little over 3/4 inch) and the hole is off to one side. The iron has a hook and loop at the back for opening but it is very hard and would be difficult to manipulate if one tried to put this on. It is 8 inches across and the original piece is more than 60 yrs old. The necklace is 21 inches long with a 15/16 inch long pendant at the front. The fat square chain is just incredible and the entire piece weighs more than a pound. First one would have to find the appropriate vintage seed beads - there are some good sellers on-line for those - I have used "Ornamental Resources" successfully in the past , then one has to carefully repair. The disc might be attached to headwear or to a stitched piece or others attached with cords and hung around the neck. This piece is a little over 4 inches across and attached to 16 1/2 inches of antique beads from the area. It has a face on each side so is known as "janiform". I love the fact that each section above the portrait is made differently. The cord is old and a little loose so it has to be tied carefully if this is to be hung on the wall. (check in "Collectible Beads") They were very skilled bead-makers, sculptors and artists. This is an amazing silver Lingham holder from India.The tubular bead itself is slightly over 1 3/4 inches long. There are ten pre Columbian amulet beads, and three plain ones. This 18 inch long necklace of silver beads from Afghanistan sits nicely with the plaque/pendant at the base of the neck. The work is very very fine, and includes a container at the bottom end. The Baba Egum is responsible keeping up the moral standards of the community.The largest zoomorphic one in the middle is 1 1/4 inches long. It hasn't been polished for a while and I think would like a little gentle buffing. The tiny piece that keeps the container closed is missing but could quite easily be replaced by a jeweller who is used to working with antique pieces. This Tuareg "elkez" bracelet is remarkably heavy at 345.9 grams. I am not sure what material the piece is made from (it is quite heavy and will require extra shipping costs) - it has been beautifully and richly painted and stands calmly - waiting... The originating religion came from Africa and was brought by priests (arriving as slaves) from the Orishas of Yoruba, the Voduns of the Jeje nation and the Nkisis of the Bantu starting in the mid 1500s. orishas act as protectors of the people and all have specific powers and directions to their lives. It was bought in Bangkok about a dozen years ago with the crystal beads. I am not good at delicate beadwork though so didn't persue it. This is an antique silver disc from Timor, often worn by the Atoni - some variations by men and others by women. Any casting would be one of a kind as the wax piece would have to be made before each casting. I fell in love with them but never wore them as my ears can only use hook earrings, not studs. The iron neckpiece is strung with metal (mostly brass) rings (one of them having an Indian 25 paisa coin on it), tied together with a cord so they keep a distance from each other. It is a large piece probably made for a man, measuring 2 7/8 inches by 3 inches on the inside. It sits very nicely on my 6 inch wrist (would work fine up to 6 1/2 inches), measures 2 1/4 inches by 1 3/4 inches on the inside with a 1 inch wide opening. This is solid and quite heavy, measuring 2 3/8 by 2 1/4 inches on the inside with an opening slightly under an inch across. Necklace #2 is 29 inches long and has had a modern brass clasp added to it. The strand includes crystal, carnelian and greenstone. The beads are pre Columbian and from the Tairona people of Colombia.