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Protecting Our Global Heritage: Don't Buy Antiquities

Started this discussion. Last reply by Edith D Feb 26, 2015. 4 Replies

When I was in Tunis, I was offered antiquities for sale on a number of occasions.  As a heritage specialist, I know what treasure hunters do to graves and archaeological sites.  So I always refuse to…Continue

Collecting the Humble: (My two cents worth)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chantal Aug 10, 2014. 69 Replies

Recently, it has come to my attention that some in our community think that only objects of the purest silver and gold are worth collecting.  People collect for many different reasons, and there is…Continue

Moshe Nemni, Reknowned Tunisian Silversmith

Started this discussion. Last reply by M.t.c.Janssen Jun 28, 2014. 11 Replies

Here is an interesting web site with a short article about Moshe Nemni and a video of a Tunisian silversmith working.…Continue

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Les Costumes Traditionnels Feminins de Tunisie

Started this discussion. Last reply by Edith D Jun 1, 2012. 1 Reply

I am currently searching for a copy of a book entitled "Les Costumes Traditionnels Feminins de Tunisie" by Aziza Ben Tanfous (ca. 1970).  If anyone has seen a copy of this book for sale, I would be…Continue

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Thelma commented on Edith D's photo

Haikara Jangga

"How interesting, Edith. The creatures at the top of the comb look like characters in an Indonesian puppet play. Fascinating."
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Haikara Jangga

A hair comb from East Sumba made from turtle shell. Typically worn by brides, the rooster and horse motifs "symbolize power, fertility and protection." (see p. 79 of 'Kisah Perhiasan Nusantara' by Supit)
Edith D replied to Cordelia Donohoe's discussion Tunisian cone pendant with dangles
"Hi Cordelia, I am not completely sure, but this item strikes me as Libyan rather than Tunisian. Having said this, it is true that Libya and Tunisia have a shared history and frequent cultural contact. My guess is that this is a fragment from a…"
Mar 13
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Javanese Hairpin

This hairpin is made from a copper alloy with a silver-colored finish. It is about 18 cm (7") in length. The coiled stems allow the leaf ornaments to vibrate as the wearer moves. I have seen large numbers of decorative hair pins at the local antique…
Mar 5
Edith D commented on Edith D's photo

Javanese Ear Ornament

"Thanks for your comments Alaa eddine, it would make sense that it was once accompanied by a crown. I was fortunate enough to be able to hold and closely examine this ornament, and I did not see any evidence of previous attachments. However, the lady…"
Feb 18
Alaa eddine SAGID commented on Edith D's photo

Javanese Ear Ornament

"Lovely Edith! I am pretty sure that traditionnally there is a crown/headdress accompanying this accessory. Either this ear ornamenet was part of the headdress and went loose or it was attached to it or tightned firmly at his place by the weight of…"
Feb 17
Edith D commented on Peter Hoesli's photo

Labbeh - Saudi Arabia

"Really nice! Is there a way to distinguish a Yemeni lebbeh from Saudi pieces? Are they pretty much the same form, or are there minor differences?"
Jan 27
Peter Hoesli commented on Edith D's photo

Javanese Ear Ornament

"Dear Edith, This is a wonderful ear ornament. Thanks for posting! Peter"
Jan 27
Edith D commented on Edith D's photo

Javanese Ear Ornament

"Hi Thelma! Yes, I wondered the same thing. You can see in the photo below that the dancer has pinned it with a modern Barrett, but I am sure traditionally there would have been some other device...perhaps a special pin or clip? Or maybe sewn on with…"
Jan 26
Thelma commented on Edith D's photo

Javanese Ear Ornament

"This is very interesting, Edith. I've been trying to understand how it can be firmly fixed on the ear.. which must be necessary if it is used by dancers. Beautiful in itself but even more so when used with an earring like this."
Jan 26
Edith D commented on Edith D's photo

Javanese Ear Ornament

"Many thanks to this kind lady for allowing me to photograph the ear ornament.  This is how it is worn. I am told that this piece is collectively owned by her family.  There is a small ornamental chain attached to the piece to emphasize the…"
Jan 26
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Javanese Ear Ornament

This ear ornament is currently owned by a traditional Javanese dancer. It is made from thin silver sheet with a gold wash. I have been told that this form is descended from the protective ear pieces once worn by Javanese warriors. The shape…
Jan 26
Edith D commented on Edith D's photo

Antique Glass Beads

"Thanks Sarah! Well, they were very cheap, so I am not disappointed that they are newish. There are lots of pretty beads in the markets here, and I think a lot of them are probably local, but it is so difficult to know for sure. Someone offered me…"
Jan 24
SARAH CORBETT commented on Edith D's photo

Antique Glass Beads

"These appear to be fairly new glass beads from Indonesia, I had blue and red ones in the past. They are made in a few sizes."
Jan 23
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Glass Beads from Java

I found these at the flea market here in Jakarta, and was very attracted to the bright yellow color and fun shape. I have seen similar ones for sale in other antique stores here in Java. Can anyone tell me more about them? I have been told that they…
Jan 20
Edith D commented on Edith D's photo

East African Ornaments

"Here is a picture I found of someone wearing similar ear flaps!"
Jan 19

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At 21:59 on September 18, 2011, SARAH CORBETT said…

Hi Edith, I am delighted to welcome you to the ethnic jewels website.

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