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Five exquisite and rare antique beads from Yemen made by the old
Jewish silversmiths who, at that time, were the finest metal workers in the
region. Since Muslims preferred not to work with metal, the Jews stepped
into what was a marginal area of the economy and became jewelry makers.
Based on Byzantine models from medieval Syria and Egypt, this intricate
metalwork included enamel inlay, filigree, and openwork. Two smaller
contemporary Yemeni silver beads, vintage gold over wax beads from
India, and a bronze hook and eye clasp finish the piece.
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