Antique c1800s Ivory & Silver Bar Prayer Amulet Pendant
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It's a bit of a mystery as we could find no other piece like this but after consulting with our expert in exotic tribal jewelry, we've concluded this is either early Indian, Bedouin or Middle Eastern.
We do know that this is a prayer amulet in the shape of a bar. It's made of genuine pre-ban ivory and capped with repousse silver that tests for sterling grade. The bar measures 3 1/8 inches long by 5/8 inch wide at each side.
Apparently, some of these prayer amulets were made to keep scrolls inside. This one does not open but it was intended for prayer or meditation, suspended from a chain or kept in a pocket.
The ivory has a beautiful natural aged and crackled patina. It's a solid piece. The silver caps are decorated with an ornate repousse design. The bar weighs 37 grams. It's circa late 1800s. We purchased this from the estate of a long-time antique dealer who had traveled extensively, specializing in the rare and exotic. And based on our lengthy search for something similar and not finding it, we have to assume this is both rare and exotic.
PLEASE NOTE - Ivory cannot be shipped Internationally. Also, due to recent California legislation, WE CANNOT SHIP IVORY TO CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS.