Silver Necklace with Triangular Pendant (No 1)
Weight: g Dimensions of the pendant: Length of the chain:
Period: early 19th century
Origin: Balkan, possibly Bosnia or southern part of Serbia
This is a quite elaborated example of silver necklace which appertains to the rustic/rural type of local ethnographic jewellery strongly reflecting an influence of Levant jewellery design. It is formed of a four long chains made of intricately interlaced very fine silver wire ending with the characteristic triangular pendant inset with one Ottoman silver coin and further decorated with three small pendants made of spirally twisted silver wire. The chains are held together by four rectangular elements made in filigree technique and one made of solid silver. All of them are decorated with small silver pellets/grains and very fine spirally twisted silver wire. The same style decoration is repeated on the triangular pendant which is further applied with tiny silver lozenges alongside the edge. Thus the overall opulent but harmonious effect is achieved.
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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