Vintage Hunza Valley Uzbeki pendant consisting of a flat, double skinned rectangular plaque with a central flower design surrounded by 4 stylised leaves, all set with blue and red foil backed glass - a typical style of Uzbeki work from the region. Small musical bells hang in a heavy fringe from the base of the pendant and from the sides. The loops at the top are open and were intended to be wrapped over a thick cotton or horsehair cord.
The entire pendant, including the dangles, chains and bells, is made from high-grade silver, and the main plaque is highlighted by a very faint 24 K gold wash.
The pendant shows wear marks in line with its known age of early 20th century.
This piece was collected by my father Bernard Heaphy in the 1980's out of Bukhara. Pieces of this quality, in silver, are rarely to be found these days outside of private collections and museums. This is a very collectable and wearable piece of tribal silver jewellery.
Total height of pendant including loops and dangles 7 cm (3 in)
Plaque measures 4.5 cm (1.75) width x 4.3 cm (1.7 in) height
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