AUD $98.00

Afghan, Old Silver Pendant

 Here's an old silver cylindrical "false prayer box", it has the form of a prayer box but sealed closed, therefore unable to contain a prayer (the ends and sides are perforated, actually being made of a framework of open silver rings. A press at some time has slightly squashed the frame in one place but not drastically.)  

Having the appearance and visually imitating a prayerbox, it achieves that function warding off evil by this very imitation.

It's probably from Aghanistan, maybe Pakistan, and has a lovely very worn patina.  Note,  the tiny granules or mulberries (mulberries often used in Tajik work and yet there's a Yemini/Arab flavour to it, too) that one pile of decorative granules was carelessly misplaced and strangely replaced with a smaller version, next to the original !

The highpoints are worn smooth and there is a build up of oxide in the grooves that has taken a long time to accumulate, so don't use dips to polish it. If you feel you must, then gently polish it with a dry silver polishing cloth, to bring up these highlights.

With three wide suspension rings that are about 3mm high by 6 mm accross, these would work well with a cord or chain.

Age: Early/Mid 20th Century.

Size: L 51 mm x H 20 mm X Diameter 10 mm.

Weight: 9 grams.