Dating old photos man with earring
(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.
They have images of the stones called Linghams (silver, crystal, agate, etc.) as well.
The longest tubular bead is 1 3/8 inches long and 3/8 inch in diameter. You can see the more average smaller ones on page 236 of "A World of Necklaces".
This pendant is 3 7/8 inches tall and decorated with writing as well as images of flowers. The chain is newish and from India - a little over 19 inches long. These could be the basis for a wonderful bracelet, or a central part of a necklace - finding these tiny crystal beads is very difficult these days and they deserve to be kept together on one item. Because I didn't have quite enough beads for the length I added 6 African silver beads at the back along with a silver "S" hook to shut it. The longest pendant bead in the middle is slightly over 3 1/8 inches long. Sometimes getting the correct colour in the photos becomes almost impossible for me. These never bothered me though, as I suppose they are a good indication of the age of this pendant. The original hanging loop is quite worn if you examine the photo - It would work fine if the cord going through it is the same size as the hole. I bought this years ago to store some of my special beads in.
Like much of the silver from my collection it needs a cleaning to bring out the gleam of it. I haven't seen another strand like this for years... It is slightly under 5 inches tall and 3 3/4 inches wide. If the cord is smaller than the hole I would suggest putting a slice of tubular metal inside the hole, or even a lining of leather so that the wear doesn't continue. It was made in China a long time ago to be used as an iron for fabrics.
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.
Dips actually take off a layer of silver and really shouldn't be used. This lovely antique pendant from Iran could use some cleaning. I had a few of these antique silver pendants from Afghanistan for sale and kept one for myself. There were a number of dealers - some coming directly from the Tibet area - most of who had modern versions of dzi beads, but there were a few with antique/ancient material as well. The antique facet carnelian beads at the front were most likely carved in Idar-Oberstein, the ancient striped (etched) agate bead from the Middle East, the ancient skinny carnelian beads are Bactrian, the ancient crystal and quartz beads on the other side from the trade route in Djenne, and the blue glass beads at the back are probably Bohemian. It was very attractive in my display case along with the beads below, all with different character to them. I can only imagine a statue wearing this - impossible for an average person. My rather inaccurate suitcase scale shows 2.5 pounds, definitely over a kilo. The central bead, the darkest colour of green is 2 1/4 inches long, 1 1/2 inches across, and 1 inch thick. Quoting the book: "Mali (Peul) - Numerous variants of this type are found throughout Southern Sudan". To quote the book: "Sahara, Niger (Tuareg) - Ullimeden women wear matching bracelets and tsabit in solid silver, with polyhedric ends, whose simplicity echoes their austere life in the largest desert in the world." These earrings are 2 1/4 inches from top to bottom. #1 is 1 5/8 inches across and has writing on both sides. It is quite heavy so probably has something inside. They look great though, one on each wrist and I always wore them together so am selling them together. When these are worn by guedra dancers in the south of Morocco, hand and foot movements made during their seductive performances draw the eye to the ornaments as well as to their symbolic henna designs." This bracelet is 2 1/16 inches across on the inside, and opens up so that it can be put on easily. The piece is silver but is patinated from the air acting with the silver. #1 is similar to the fibulas on page 46 of "A World of Necklaces." According to the text there: "Tunisia, Gabes. These are antique silver beads from Afghanistan with attractive signs of wear between the worn decorations and mild bumps here and there. It has an intricate and graceful design engraved into it with crosshatch and flowers. The largest cross is 3 7/8 inches tall, plain on the back and attractive cross hatching on the front.When wearing this you are travelling with magic coming from the past and being brought into the modern world. One the second image you can see that a small amount of carving is missing from immediately under the upper bar. I still don't know how this piece was used so the new owner might have some serious research to do. This is too small for me to wear (I can slip it on but it doesn't sit comfortably) so it has sat in its sculptural way in a display case along with other African silver. There are 6 African silver rings here - in the book "Africa Adorned" on page 173 they say: "Rings, pendants and hair ornaments seen in the savannah regions today have been influenced by designs that prevailed in the days of the great empires. This statue was originally brought from Brazil by a dealer/collector. Many dances and celebrations are involved including the dances of the Baba Egum.This comes from the collection of Gerald Emmett Carter who was the Archbishop of Toronto, Canada in the years 1978-1990. The inside measures 1 7/8 inches across from side to side. heavy 6 inch long facet Bohemian glass bead - 0. Not only does the jewellery resemble ornaments of the imperial courts, it often echoes the sophisticated lines of the architecture that flourished under early Islamic influence. Oxum is the Orix of love, beauty, maternity and wealth. She is covered in gold and with her love and protection of waterways has over time became a mermaid.I have finally created a page for finished items coming straight from collections (mine and others). I am not sure what material the piece is made from - it has been beautifully and richly painted and is in a graceful pose. This 9 1/2 inch tall statue is named Baba Egum who represents all of the orishas or deities within its powers.My pages are such a confusion of different kinds of items that I am going to try to organize better. please keep checking this page as I will be constantly adding new items, collected and treasured for years - the newest items have the largest numbers so are way down near the bottom of the page... This statue was originally brought from Brazil by a dealer/collector and I have had the statues for about 15 years. It is the protector and representative in the Brazilian religion of Candombl.