1161-1189 AH/AD 1748-1775

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The chased bracelet is made of a larger (2/3) and a smaller piece (1/3) that together form a hollow ring. The decoration is that of a rhombic pattern with a cross-shaped design inside of the rhombi of the central row. The other rhombi are either gilded or filled with green enamel.

On the inner side of the bracelet is an Arabic stamp with the name of the ruler: al-Mahdi. The similarity to stamps of al-Mahdi al-"Abbas makes it likely that the pendants were produced under his reign from AH 1161 to 1189 (AD 1748-1775).

An engraved Hebrew inscription names the silversmith: Musa Dabwani.

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  • Title: Bracelet
  • Creator: Musa Dabwani (Yemeni, active ca. 1748-1775)
  • Date Created: 1161-1189 AH/AD 1748-1775
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Silversmith: Musa Dabwani (Yemeni, active ca. 1748-1775)
  • Reign: Al-Mahdi al-Abbas (1161-1189 AH/AD 1748-1775)
  • Provenance: Mr. Derek Content and Mr. Benjamin Zucker [Zucker Family Trust] London and New York, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 2010, by gift.
  • Object Type: bracelets
  • Medium: silver with gilding, green enamel
  • Inscriptions: [Stamp] In Arabic: al-Mahdi; [Engraved] In Hebrew: Musa Dabwani
  • Exhibitions: Diadem and Dagger: Jewish Artisans of Yemen. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2012-2013.
  • Dimensions: Outer diam: 2 11/16 in. (6.9 cm); Inner diam: 1 15/16 x W: 9/16 in. (5 x 1.4 cm)
  • Credit Line: Joint gift to the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Mr. Derek Content and Mr. Benjamin Zucker in honor of Mrs. Amanda Content and Mrs. Barbara Zucker, 2010
  • Classification: Gold, Silver & Jewelry
  • Accession Number: 57.232

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