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Necklace composed of a length of ribbon with metal ornaments sewn across the ribbon's centre with lavender and light pink thread. The ribbon is off-white with a wide band of yellow down the centre, and two smaller bands of alternating red and light blue squares on either side. Across the ribbon, there are two triangular beads on either end, with a flat rounded rectangular piece at centre, and five rounded rectangular beads in between on each side. From these, chains of beads hang. The majority of the beads are circular, teardrop or triangular. There are three large crescent-shaped ornaments with filigree within, each with a palm-shaped amulet or Khamsa attached beneath, and small filigree ornaments attached to both.


This collection of North African (Berber) and Yemeni jewelry (3395/1-12) is said to have been purchased by the donor's parents in the 1990s, from bazaars in Tripoli, Libya.

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