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A range of typical cube shaped silver beads including very old (left side) to new (rightmost bead). Center four beads have faint remnants of a gold wash.
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The form of these beads actually reference that of the ancient Carthaginian glass beads. The "eye" shape in the center of the cube mimics the ancient glass beads. The granulation applied at the corners is also identical to the ancient glass beads. Here is a photo of Carthaginian glass beads. In particular, note the resemblance between the green cubed bead in the photo below, and the metal ones in the photo above.
How wonderful. So much work on one bead. Curious how they were strung, as dividers or as a string of just these beads. Beautiful.
Stunning beads and very interesting information! Thanks for sharing both.
Edith, what great excitement on making the Fatimid connection. It opens up a whole new perspective. Congratulations.
Wonderful! I'll keep my eyes open. I would love to see some traditional jewelry from Sicily and some of the other Mediterranean islands that had Arab inhabitants for hundreds of years; I'll bet we'd see some similarities there as well!
Glad you like it too! I have been on a mission to research some of the roots of Tunisian jewelry because I think the term "Berber" is over-applied. I have been finding lots of different aspects of the coastal jewelry that seem to have a strong Fatimid connection....more comments to follow on other posted items!!!
Edith, that's great! Love to see the root of things!
I was very excited to find a photo of Fatimid earrings at the Victoria and Albert Museum with the same shape as these beads! There was also a necklace with Fatimid beads of the same shape recently sold at Christie's. So, it seems that the shape of these beads is Fatimid in origin. Check out this image....
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