Antique Long Berber Earrings with Silver Khamsa and Bakelite
A very impressive pair of long earrings made with Berber Khamsa pendants. The khamsa or hand of Fatima is a stylized hand widely thought in North Africa and the Middle East to ward off the evil eye.
The earrings also have a yellow Bakelite bead and silver spacer beads. The ear wires also test as silver. The khamsa or hand pendants were worn in Siwa as well as further West. They have a small punch mark with a star and crescent moon hallmark. They were acquired in Egypt in the 1980's, but the components are much earlier. A unique pair of earrings in good antique condition.
Please note that the ear wires are thicker than Western standard and the earrings are quite heavy.
- Length is 10 cm or 4".
- Width of the hand pendant is 3 cm or 1 1/8".
- The weight 22.8 grams.