AUD $560.00

Bukharan, Gilt Silver and Red Coral Prayerbox

A lovely old gilt silver rectangular Prayerbox from Bukhara, on the Silk Route.
With a central rectangular box with sloping sides.

The gentle patina still reveals a shine beneath, and the engraved foliate scrollwork, against a finely hatched background, is hilighted by the careful placement of the two gilt moons and lobed leaves in the raised centre.
The reverse is a lighter more open foliate swirl and borders with chiselling creating a cross hatched effect.

Can obviously be worn either way, but the front is just so lovely, I wouldn’t want to waste it!!

Along the bottom a row of decorative filigree spirals, support a fringe of twisted filgree dangles with old “orange” Red Coral beads.

As a prayer box that opens, it is hinged at both ends, held with pins, that allow opening from either end, to contain a prayer or sacred item.

Originally worn on a double ornate chain attached at 4 points, both of the hinge pins (which are stiff) and twice on the central filigree.

However only one simple (replacement) chain remains, from the two pins at each corner, they’re tight so don’t worry.

It’s safe to wear, over the head, chain is mm long.
I can divide it and add an “s” hook, to do it up, if you require. (But you’d need to specify!)

Don’t polish it, it’s superb, and would lose some of it’s age and value!

Age: Early /Mid 20 th century.

Size: W 90 mm x H 80 mm (box excluding chain)

Weight: 100 grams