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Please ID - Peter & Jean-Marie!

This is an Ottoman Christian reliquary locket, probably from Iraq or Syria or another province with a Christian population?? The reliquary is double-sided (see photos in the comments), the front side containing a bit of silken embroidery of a haloed figure. The back is engraved with a stylized star. Please ID if you can.

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Comment by Betty on October 25, 2016 at 19:21

Beautiful, Lynn! Congratulations.

Comment by Lynn Ardent on October 25, 2016 at 1:53

Thank you everyone! Thelma, it doesn't open with a hinge but if necessary can be taken apart by peeling back a thin edge of silver (only for repairs.) I opened it only so that a repair could be done with soldering and then put everything back as it was.

Comment by Jean-Marie Criel on October 25, 2016 at 0:57

Hello Lynn, I think Chaldean/Assyrian Christian, from southeastern Anatolia or Iraqi Kurdistan.  With kind regards, JM.

Comment by Thelma on October 24, 2016 at 14:17

Very beautiful. I love the embroidered panel, so delicately done. Does the locket open?

Comment by Peter Hoesli on October 24, 2016 at 13:06
Dear Lynn; This is a very beautiful piece and reminds me of one of my Christian necklaces from Iraqi Kurdistan. With kind regards. Peter
Comment by Lynn Ardent on October 23, 2016 at 23:38

Detail of reliquary locket

Back of the locket


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