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Vintage Bedouin Armlet from the Arabian Peninsula

Vintage Bedouin Armlet from the Arabian Peninsula

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A gorgeous armlet or upper arm bracelet entirely made from silver alloy in the shape of a snake once worn by Bedouin women in Eastern and Central Arabia. The bracelet is worn high up on the arm under the elbow. It ends in filigree caps from which hang beautiful handmade filigree beads on either end to make noise as its wearer moves. The armlet has extensive chasing and repousse work with only the inside of the bracelet unadorned. There is a small dent and one of the filigree pendants is missing on one end, but apart from that in good condition.  


  • Inner circumference is 25.5 cm (10").
  • Inner diameter is 8.5 cm (3 1/2").
  • Width 2 cm (3/4") at its widest.
  • Weight is 75 grams.

Just as an aside. The design of this bracelet is truly an ancient one. I happened across a Fatimid (11th - 12th century) gold bracelet at the Museum of Islamic Art looking remarkably similar to this one.  Here is a picture of the said bracelet for your enjoyment:


There is a pair of similar armlets available in the shop:

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