Its a busy time of year! The admins are travelling, and are slower to answer, but you are in the right site! The piece looks to me,as indian or pakistani, but i am not an exoert in the region. Warm wishes. Sarah x"
"It is truly a magnificient piece. Thank you for sharing it. I believe that this kind of reliquiary crosses were called encolpions and were very common, since Medieaval times, especially in the areas under Bizantium control, Western Ukraine, Eastern…"
"Betty at the time I lived in Ethiopia, fillegrain work had become a bit outdated and the Armenian jewellers at that time had left the traditional work to the Ethiopian jewellers who were and are very skillfull artisans. In Addis Ababa, the…"
"As I observe the closure on Lynn's cuff is still there only the pin is missing. This is the case with many cuffs, ofteh the original pins are quite nice but if they were not attached with a bit of link chain they did get lost and replaced…"
"My version of this cuff is even a bit larger in diameter and quite comfortable to wear in spite of its size. With me, it gets a bit tight further up the arm because it is not tapered, but is very roomy near the wrist. What I marvel about is the…"
"Thank you for this extra-info on Armenian silversmiths in Addis. It is an astonishing fact for me to learn that they did nor produce filigree work. Filigree is on of the techniques Armenians are most reknown for. Very, very interesting! Especially…"
"Thank you Ingrid. I looked at your photos of Rashaida cuffs and they are stunning! I think the woman who wore this had little arms. It has about a cm+ of flex to open or tighten it. I have a 5.5 inch wrist and this is quite roomy…"
"Thank you Ingrid! I would never have found them without your photos. I really love them and they are striking to wear. Yes they are quite small, US 4.5 and 5.5 but luckily I have even tinier fingers so I can wear them. "
"Hi Betty, Yes I did write it, that the handicraft school in Addis Ababa, had an Armenian jeweller teaching the skill of a silversmith. There were several Amenian silversmiths in Addis, but they did not produce fillegrain work. …"
"Hi Lynn, for sure, the necklace you placed is identical to mine except for the difference in the bells, and the center pieces carries three triangles .Mine is bought in Ethiopia and the one on your picture from Yemen. It is known that…"
"Lovely cuff Lynn, very refined patterns and so well executed. I love all the different patterns on one cuff. done with care and pride. I still cannot figure out how they ever got to fit, because they are one piece of silver, no…"
"Hi Lynn, these are very nice examples of Harrar rings, I love especially the smaller one so softened through wear and the lovely finishing on the outer circles, both of them. Both pieces of good quality silver. The problem with…"
"I also checked out the cuff offered by Backman. Thank you both, Thelma and Ingrid for the link and the comment. Very educational, as usually! I would also place the cuff in Harar rather than Addis, but Backman's guess that is was made for some…"
"Thank you Thelma for the tip. These are absolutely the most stunning pair I have ever seen. Most of the decoration on it I can recognize as Ethiopian, but not the beautiful floral designs although I do have a couple of Muria parts with…"
"Ingrid, I'm still overwhelmed by this necklace and the way it sparkles. I thought you would like to see a very beautiful pair of Ethiopian cuffs in Michael Backman's November catalogue.... www.michaelbackmanltd.com"
"I don't know why people aren't answering you or I anymore? I don't know if were on wrong site now to ask questions or not? There are 3-4 vivid Vault sites now & I'm even getting lost, since I joined when only had 1 page! But…"