Wednesday, August 24, 2011
A Worthy Necklace for a Yemen Bride of High Value
Remember when you saw the photo of the Yemen bride loaded with her bride wealth? I will post it again just to remind you of the wedding adornment that a highly valued bride wore in 19th century Yemen:
The necklace that I am now posting a photo of is of a kind that the father or groom would pay dearly for, I am sure, because he had to provide enough Maria Theresa silver thalers to make the necessary amount of beads and a matching number of thalers as payment to the silversmith. The Yemeni Jewish silversmith who made this particular necklace is Baws. In general, the work from Beit Baws (House of Baws) is not signed with the maker's mark, because the work is so distinctive that it has never been matched by someone outside the Bawsani tradition.
There are 15 filigree beads with granulation and 7 medallions attached to the 7 central beads on the chain, also made of wire filigree on a silver background with rosettes of granulation.
This will be a nice finish to the discussion of Yemen bride wealth jewelry for a while, so that we can turn our attention to the much longer archeological and historical record of the culture and handiwork of the succession of peoples who have inhabited the region that is Western Asia.
You can find more information on this necklace at http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/craftsofthepast/4053462/Antique