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Necklace (mánage)
Sana'a, Yemen
20th century
Partially gilded silver, filigree, granulation; glass
L: 59; W: 9.5 cm
Purchased through the gift of Bruce Kovner, New York
Accession number: B95.0799

This heavy necklace, one kilogram in weight, is the work of Jewish silversmiths and was worn only by Jewish women . Similar necklaces appear on stone reliefs of the fourth century in India. The silver beads look rather like the berries that grow in Yemen and symbolize a sweet and fruitful life. Such beads were used in the jewelry of ancient Egypt and can also be found in the jewelry in Persia and Bukhara.

From the Israel Museum publications:
Ben Ami, Alia, ed., In All Their Finery: Jewels from the Jewish World, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2002
Artists' Choices, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2010

In All Their Finery: Jewels from the Jewish World, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 01/01/2000 - 30/09/2002
Artists' Choices - Yinka Shonibare: Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 26/07/2010 - 08/01/2011

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir

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