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Necklace - Saudi Arabia

A very simple but rare and definitely impressive necklace. The bells are large/oversized.

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Comment by Leonor Arnó on March 5, 2017 at 7:00

Interesting! I read somewhere that some yemeni jewellery (specially anklets) where worn by women to avoid non desired encounters with visiting males at the house (so men would know when a women is approaching and could go away or change room) but I think, as Peter said, it makes more sense in the desert environment that it was used for amuletic pourposes.

Comment by Peter Hoesli on March 3, 2017 at 16:54
Dear Thelma; Thanks for your comments. No, I do not think that the necklace was used to track the lady wearer. Don't forget, this item was worn by a Bedouin lady. They lived in tents. Hence, there is not much space to hide... From other cultures I know that bells were used to chase away bad spirits. With kind regards. Peter
Comment by Thelma on March 3, 2017 at 16:18

This must be a very noisy one! You would always know where the owner was in the house by the noise of the bells. Is it to keep track of a child or a wife?

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