Silver Necklace with Triangular Pendant

Silver Necklace with Triangular Pendant (No 2)


Material: silver

Weight:  g  Dimensions of the pendant:   Length of the chain:

Period: late 18th - early 19th century

Origin: Balkan, possibly Bosnia or southern part of Serbia


   This kind of silver necklace with triangular pendant appended by few silver Ottoman coins and with green glass paste inset was typically worn by local inhabitants of Muslim religious denomination. It appertains to the rustic/rural type of local ethnographic jewellery strongly reflecting an influence of Levant jewellery design.

   This particular necklace has a massive silver chain and silver triangular pendant with two rows of Ottoman silver coins appended on the lower sides. The pendant is decorated by one green glass paste inset and there tear-shaped red resign insets and it is further embellished with small silver pellets/grains and tiny silver lozenges in the upper corners of the triangle. The massive chain of this necklace is generally typical for the earlier examples of local jewellery datable in the 18th and previous centuries.


   In the development of the Balkan jewellery after the Ottoman pervasion there were two main stylistic courses, which could be identified as rustic or rural and urban style.

   From about 17th century there was a marked progress of the ethnographic or rustic jewellery which was connected to the folk tradition and rural environment, accompanying the local national costume. Thus the rustic style jewellery emerged. This jewellery was rather massive and elaborated showing influences of Levant – Ottoman jewellery in the design and in the range of decorative motives. Some Balkan regions were more open to the Middle Eastern influences, especially those in the inland and in the south-eastern part of the Balkan Peninsula, while some, such as Adriatic costal area, adhered more to the European styles. But in both cases the ethnographic or rustic jewellery possessed an exotic Eastern touch, which was more or less pronounced depending of the area of manufacture and the religious denomination of the local inhabitants. The style remained dominant into the first half of the 19th century, and in some instances latter.


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   For additional reading please see Balkan Silver.