Five exquisite and rare antique beads from Yemen made by the old Jewish silversmiths who, at that time, were the finest metal workers in the region. Since Muslims preferred not to work with metal, the Jews stepped into what was a marginal area of the economy and became jewelry makers. Based on Byzantine models from medieval Syria and Egypt, this intricate metalwork included enamel inlay, filigree, and openwork.
Five hollow cylindrical brass pendants from the Baule tribe of the Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) hang from some old and unusual recycled bottle glass beads with strong remnants of gold foil. g6010.jpg (525×700)