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Necklace (rihana)
Djerba, Tunisia
20th century
Gilt silver, hammered and soldered
L: 71; Diam: 4.5 cm
The Zeyde Schulmann Collection in the Israel Museum
Accession number: B63.10.2578

In the past these necklaces were made by a sophisticated method of hammering without soldering, a technique that was apparently brought to Tunisia by Moorish silversmiths. Nowadays the links are soldered, although this is not discernible because of the skilled hammer work. Similar but smaller links are also used for earrings and temple ornaments.

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

In All Their Finery: Jewels from the Jewish World, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 01/01/2000 - 30/09/2002

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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