Yemenite Silver Labbe Filigree Necklace
Antique Coin Silver Yemenite Labbe Filigree Necklace | Yemenite Bedouin Necklace Bib / Choker Jewelry | 9.5 ozt of Coin Silver
Antique Coin Silver Yemenite Labbe Filigree Necklace | Yemenite Bedouin Necklace Bib / Choker Jewelry | 9.5 ozt of Coin Silver | Excellent Condition | Yemenite silversmithing refers to the work of Jewish silversmiths from Yemen. They were highly acclaimed craftsmen who dominated craft production in precious metals in the southern Arabian peninsula from the 18th through the mid-20th century. These Yemenite silversmiths were noted for their use of fine granulation and filigree, producing such ornaments as women’s bracelets, necklaces, finials, etc. Among the variety of jewellery known in Yemen, the labbe (ornate bib-necklace) is the most impressive in its complexity. A highly skilled work of Jewish silversmiths, it is a testimony of exquisite craftsmanship, requiring painstaking work and a developed artistic sense, expressed by the harmonious and aesthetic blend of its many parts. The labbe is a popular piece of jewelry among Jewish and Muslim women alike. In Arabic, the name labbe indicates the sunken place beneath the Adam’s apple on the neck, where it is worn. Labbe necklaces made of applied filigree, being open and airy like the interlaced net of a spider’s web, became more popular during the Ottoman conquest of Yemen, in the mid-19th century, and were given the name labbat šabek in Sana’a, after its technique. Yemeni silver jewelry was traditionally given to a newly wed bride as an emergency fund asset from her family, which she would cherish and care for her entire life or otherwise sell them in case of dire need of money.