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Anklet

Anklet

  • Place of origin:

    North Africa (made)

  • Date:

    1850-1899 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver

  • Museum number:

    M.92&A-1917

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Anklets were worn with traditional dress in many Islamic cultures. They often contained small pellets, as here, whose gentle rattling sound was believed to help in frightening off evil spirits as well as drawing attention to the wearer. These were described as ‘Modern Egyptian’ when they were bequeathed to the Museum in 1917, but the silver mark is not an Egyptian one, and they are not a traditional Egyptian design.

Physical description

Pair of hollow silver penannular anklets with flattened cubic terminals with truncated corners. There is a stylised floral repousse pattern along the outside and a collar of three twisted wires between the body of the bracelet and the terminals. Each contains pellets which make a rattling sound when shaken.

Place of Origin

North Africa (made)

Date

1850-1899 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silver

Descriptive line

Pair of hollow silver penannular anklets with floral decoration and pellets to rattle inside, North Africa, 1850-1899.

Materials

Silver

Categories

Jewellery; Africa; Metalwork

Collection

Middle East Section

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