Woman's belt buckle. Late-Ottoman, silver, with a 'tuğra'-stamp (sultan's seal), ca. late 19th c. Probably from Edirne, possibly from a Bulgarian workshop. The shape, with its characteristic 'wavy' edge is rare in Turkish buckles, but a common shape…
"@ Thelma: As so many things in life, it started by coincidence/chance, in the years 1978-'82. In 1978 I visited Turkey for the first time (a self-organized trip), and was charmed by the country. I also realised that, if I were to go…"
"The trefoil (some say it represents animal horns) is characteristic of the decoration found on Karakalpak jewellery and can be found here in abundance, both in the engraving on the silver plate and in the shape of the ends of the arms of the cross.…"
"Dear Thelma: Thanks for your comments and suggestion. Yes I have been doing some sort of work on the Libyan Silver in general, especially its historical background and development through time. You are right the tools used do change with time.…"
A well preserved shartuyme in the shape of a silver cross, gilded and engraved .... and studded with five carnelians, the biggest in the centre surrounded by 18 turquoise stones. It is fringed with 9 chains made of platelets, one of which has turned…
"Dear Jean-Marie, there is so much information in your pictures. Where else could we so conveniently find it? Tell me, what was the inspiration for this work on the traditional costumes from this part of the world?"
"Mustafa, you must have enough examples of silver cuffs to write at least one paper about them. This one is beautifully done. But there must be a special technique... It looks as though a fairly blunt instrument has been used to push the silver…"
"Dear Sumaiya, this looks like a very special example of a chin chain. I found 2 other examples but they are not so elaborate as yours. I believe they are found in the area of north Oman. Is that correct?