AUD $460.00

Daghestani Nielloed Silver Pendant

 

Here's an impressive "nielloed" silver "tear drop" pendant from the Caucasus, on the western shores of the Caspian Sea. Very moody and "Gothic" full of that dark romance...
The smooth silver faces have been carved into creating a sinuous foliage design, then filled in with a black inlay called "niello" that creates the contrast that emphasizes the design. The central tear is surrounded by lobes of raised lightly gilt silver crescent moons, which adds a warmth to the otherwise deep charcoal grey and dark silver. 

This is genuine "niello" as described, not just an oxidizing or staining process, as you sometimes find. Also this pendant is in fairly good condition, which probably means it isn't too old. True old "niello" work often loses some of its inlay with knocks over the years. There is one small section in the centre missing....  visible only at certain angles and found with a finger nail, which reveals that is real traditional "niello", not just an oxidizing or staining process, as you sometimes find.

Also this pendant is in good condition, with some very minor wear at the back, which by the way is hand engraved with an intertwining "arabesque" design.
Remember that true old "niello" work often loses some of its inlay with knocks over the years. So if you run your finger nail over the back of the band you'll find a groove where this has happened, it's not a problem, more of a conversation subject.

I used to think these were from Bukhara, and they may be, but "nielloed" designs like these have probably travelled further around the Caspian from Daghestan then across Iran and Afghanistan all the way to us. 

It has a subtle contrast and shouldn't need a polish for ages, but if you decide to then carefully use a dry "Silver Polishing Cloth" on it, to bring up the silver.

The suspension loop at the top could take a pretty thick chain or cord easily, measuring  9 mm x 10 mm.

Age: Late 20th/ Early 21st Century.

Size:L 94 mm x W 62 mm x Depth 14 mm.

Weight:  57 grams.