Silver pendant for catolic women, used during Ottoman times, for lighting (firing) of cigaretes or pipes.
When a group of men in a patriarchal family would meet and relax in a majlis type of room, the young lady would take a piece of fire (this is what the scissor type of fixture is for) and go to everybody to give them fire for pipes. This was practiced in the Shkodra mountains.
This is an extraordinary piece!
Special note must be mentioned for the centerpiece (close-up photo below), which is gilded silver with painted flowers, protected by a curved glass, mounted onto the design - very special and extremely rare.
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