Trade Bead Necklace with Silver Walata Idye Cruciform

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Trade Bead Necklace with Silver Walata Idye Cruciform, Jewelry by  African
Savvy Price $475.00
Gallery Price $585.00
Title
Trade Bead Necklace with Silver Walata Idye Cruciform
Artist
African
Medium
Silver, glass, phenolic resin on Kevlar cord
Troy ounces
2.83 troy ounces
Size
Overall length is approximately 27". The pendant is 2" height X 2" width.
Date of creation
1850's - 1930's (components)
Condition
Excellent
Description
The silver walata idye cruciform is worn by Muslim Jewish and Coptic Christians alike. The Berbers are largely Muslin, but this design incorporates not only the five central forms represents the hand of Fatima or "hamsah", but those same five forms can be interpreted as the five wounds of Christ crucified.
Design
Weiss orchestrated and strung all components.
Provenance
ST
Gram weight
87.9 grams
About The Trade Bead Necklace with Silver Walata Idye Cruciform

Silver ingot from coin, sterling in purity, glass and phenolic resin beads were used to create the components in this necklace.

Silver for the walata idye pendant and matching silver beads were multi-sourced, smelted and worked from sheet and wire rolled and drawn from the resulting ingot.  Construction is entirely fabricated using hard and medium solders and primitive tools.

The design is from Southern Mauritania and was worn throughout Morocco and the Maghreb which includes Algeria, Tunisia and western Libya.  Venitian lampwork yellow glass beads with applied cruciform cane decoration and clear blue glass beads from Canton China have been incorporated with phenolic resin "amber" simulants brought in with trade from Europe.  The style and color scheme of this necklace are typical of those worn in layers by Berber woman of the Maghreb region.

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