Vintage Rare Kurdish Silver Cuff Bracelet with Blue Glass
This is a rare Kurdish silver cuff bracelet from the early part of the twentieth century. It has five domes on its body and the ends are decorated with turquoise blue glass. One end looks like it is missing the round floral arrangement present on the other sides, but I've checked all the examples that I've come across and they have a similar arrangement, so that leads me to believe that this was intentional. Perhaps the bracelet was an abstract form of a serpent, a powerful motif in ethnic jewelry.
A similar bracelet exists in the Musee du Quai Branly in France.
The bracelet is made out of silver and is adorned with turquoise-colored glass. Some loss of roping edge in parts, but in general in good vintage condition.
- Inner circumference is 16.5 cm (6 1/2") including a 3 cm opening (1 1/8").
- Inner diameter is 5.5 cm (2 1/8").
- Width is 1.8 cm (nearly 3/4").
- Weight is 67.6 grams.