Vintage 800 Silver Siwa Berber Wide Cuff Bracelet by Makkawi


A beautiful and well-worn piece hand chased with Berber motifs by known silversmith Mohammad Makkawi. This maker is referenced in Azza Fahmi's book The Enchanted Jewelry of Egypt. The bracelet has the three-part Egyptian hallmark identifying its composition as 80% silver, its origin as Cairo and that it was made in the 1950s. This type of bracelet was worn in Egypt (the Siwa Oasis), Tunisia and Libya, commonly in pairs, but I only have this one. The bracelet is signed on the inside with two Tughras as well as Mohammad Mohammad Makkawi's stamp.

The bracelet is in good vintage condition with nice wear. It has a slight dent

  • Inner circumference is 14.7 cm (5 3/4") with an additional 3 cm (1 1/8") gap. 
  • Inner diameter is 5.9 cm ( 2 1/4").
  • Width is 4 cm (1 1/2").
  • Weight is 51.4 grams.

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