Vintage Egyptian Silver Zar Anklet or Foot Bracelet
This is a heavy Egyptian silver anklet made in the traditional way from one piece of solid silver, shaped as a C, the ends hammered and shaped in their traditional hexagonal shapes. There are two hand engraved rings close to the finials and then little half sphere dangles are attached to make the sound necessary for the zar ceremony which is meant to appease the spirits or djin. The two finials are stamped on the finials. On one side is a star, on the other what could be the remains of an assay mark, now almost worn totally with wear. Though this is meant to be an anklet, it can be worn as an upper arm bracelet.
The anklet does not have hallmarks but does test for silver. Inner circumference is 18 cm (7") with a further 4 cm (1 5/8") for the gap. The inner diameter is 7.5 cm (3"). Weight is 157.5 g.