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The seller said that this necklace is from Java, but it looks nothing like a Javanese necklace. I suspected that it was from Sumatra, but I also noticed similarities with some Balinese work I have seen on line. I was finally able to confirm this by comparing it to a book on Indonesian jewelry published by the Ministry of Culture. Does anyone have additional information that they can share with me?

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Comment by Cordelia Donohoe on March 17, 2019 at 18:18

These are definitely not Agrab al Fadda beads. They are lovely tho. Im posting a photo of aggrab al Faddas

Comment by Nadia Marie Jamil on February 15, 2019 at 13:02
Are these not maghrebi agrab al fadda beads? You might be looking in the wrong place
Comment by Edith D on December 5, 2017 at 2:34

Thanks Toya!  I could not find these in any widely available books (similar work appears in a local Indonesian tourism publication I borrowed from someone).  I know that the silver work in Bali was not begun until mid 20th century, and that local women do not traditionally wear silver.  Before that Balinese smiths worked in gold or gilded copper.  I am assuming that since these are gilded that they were used locally.  I have noted some interesting similarities with the type of granulation work used by gold smiths in southern India, so I am guessing that this is because of an historic trade/religious connection.  Do you know anything else about them???

Comment by Toya on December 5, 2017 at 1:32

These are beautiful beads! They are clearly old, but the designs do resemble new silver ones from Bali.

Comment by Edith D on November 30, 2017 at 11:33

So, there is very little published about Balinese jewelry that is not related to tourism brochures.  Bruce Carpenter just skips anything on the island of Java or Bali.  The Balinese craftsmen apparently love granulation.  The granulation on this necklace is extremely finely detailed.  It is combined with a repousse technique and applied filigree threads.  The beads are extremely skillfully constructed.  My guess is that the necklace is 30 or 40 years old, but its hard to be certain about its age.

Comment by Edith D on November 30, 2017 at 6:19

Comment by Edith D on November 30, 2017 at 6:18

This obsession with granulation on the clasp may also be a clue....



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