IR029. There are two Islamic pendants here. The grey agate
pendant measures 1 7/8 inches in length and 5/8 inches in height.
It has two carved sections at the top which enclose the stringing holes.
There is a nicely carved curve between the two extensions which gives the
piece a bit of grace. $35.US. (on hold)
The second pendant is a streaky dark brown butterscotch. It is slightly curved on one side and quite flat on the other. It measures just over 1 1/8 inches in width and has a stringing hole in the protrusion in the middle of the top. Simple and attractive. $20.US.
IR034. This size 8.5 ring is ancient, intact, and pretty amazing. Rather than having an incised image on it, suitable only for impressing into another material (for instance wax) as a seal, the design on the front of this ring is carved outwards and nicely dimensional. Delicately portrayed is a seated winged griffin with one front leg raised in the air. Being tiny, it is difficult to clearly make out without a magnifier so it is like a secret, waiting for the magic spell to release it. I find this very enchanting and very unusual too. The origin of the griffin is Susa in ancient Iran, around 5000BC - a fabulous and mythological creature which dominates both the earth and the sky.
Made of bronze the ring is wearable, though I wouldn't recommend trying it out too often - - the patina that speaks of many centuries can wear off quickly, and the raised design can be smoothed by handling. Worthy for a very special occasion though, or as a symbolic piece symbolically combining both intelligence and strength, . $95.US.
IR035. The shape of this ring reminds me of the Tuareg ones out of Africa. It is though, an ancient bronze cast ring from Iran. Cast all in one piece the protrusion at the top is open and hollow and would have once had a stone or piece of glass set in it. The opening is irregular in shape and averages about 5mm in diameter. Because cast metal cannot easily be manipulated, the "jewel" was probably fastened in with some organic sticky material like pitch. The ring is wearable (though be cautious as the patina that darkens the surface of the ring will easily wear off - - you can see spots of bronze in places now.) and a size 6.5. From top to bottom on the scan, the ring measures slightly less than 1 1/2 inches. This piece is quite striking and would be even more so with a smoothened piece of glass, or tiny tumbled stone in it. $45.US.
IR036. This interesting little pendant has a face on one side and a squiggle on the other. The face is of a bearded man facing to the left. His eye is just under the hole of the bead and the hole itself seems to be in the middle of his turban. Carved of a greenish stone, the pendant measures a little over 3/4 inches in height, 1/2 inch in width, and is about 1/5 inch thick. I don't know what they significance of the face, or the symbolism of the squiggle is. The piece is obviously hundreds of years old, and has residue from burial on it as well as small bits of fibre left from the original stringing cord. Other than that, I can't offer much enlightenment on the piece other than it is intriguing and unusual. $65.US.
IR037. These red glass beads seem to have been made to imitate Mediterranean coral. Most of them are slightly over 3/8 inch long and vary in shades of red and deep orange. The entire strand is 14 inches long. The two beads that have a line through them are chipped and only there because I didn't want to cut the strand to remove them. It's kind of charming as it is. These beads badly want to be mixed with some old silver or something that will serve to complement them like it. $25.US.
|IR010. Two different beads are pictured here. These are very dark, almost black on the facing sides. The elongated bead though, has rich green sides which identify the stone as being a dark form of jade. The stringing threads indicate where the holes in these beads are. Antiques, I would assume them to be around 100 years old. The disc bead (7/8 inch in diameter) has an attempted hole on one side. It might be an ideal place to glue in a small stone as an accent to the bead. The long bead measures 2 1/4 inches and is softly cut into an 8 sided form. Very interesting. $30.US/pair|
|IR011. These pieces are all individually priced as you can see on the scan. They are all quite different creatures. Bead A is an antique slice of amber - a rich tea brown colour, measuring 5/8 inch in diameter and just under 1/4 inch thick. Prices listed on full size scan. Pendant B is pale white chalcedony agate 1 inch long with a hole across the top. It has an orangey-brown streak across one side. Item C is a cabochon made of glass, impressed with writing in Arabic. It is a rich carnelian colour and is an invocation to Shi'ite followers of Islam... The third pendant - D - is a neolithic stone pierced with a hole for suspension. It is dark grey with scratches on one side. This type of bead is among the oldest in existence. The last piece - E - is a diamond shaped piece of glass with holes at either end. These are often used fitted into finger rings. The clear glass was coloured a ruby shade, much of which is worn off... only C&E are available.|