Vintage silver hirz pendant from Yemen - rare
This rare silver hirz pendant features very fine granulated silver and has eight small ball dangles. It was one of the main elements of a larger necklace and most likely formed part of a Yemeni bride's adornment or dowry. A stunning item.
10.5 cm (h) x 8.0 cm (w) x 1.0 cm (d) inc. dangles
An amulet (hirz in Arabic) is an object worn by a person as a form of protection. It is believed to ward off all danger and protect the person from all harm. Often it will be combined with beads or worn on a chain as a piece of jewellery. Some amulets contain verses from the Qur'an as perceived added protection. The amulets in our collection include Tuareg tcherot, Yemeni prayer boxes, boghdad and Tuareg crosses.