A fine Qajar turquoise and gold Necklace, Persia, early 19th Century. Estimate £7,000 – 9,000 (€9,000 – 12,000). Photo Bonhams.
comprising ten turquoise sections, variously polygonal and oval, joined by gold floral rosette spacers, the stones incised and inlaid in gold with inscriptions and foliate motifs; 50 cm. long
Provenance: Swiss private collection.
Notes: Inscriptions: « fadayat shavam/ qorban-e nazat/ fadayat shavam nazanin/tasaddoqat shavam nazanin/ », « May I be your ransom. [May I] be sacrificed for your coquetry. May I be your ransom, O beloved! [May] I be sacrificed for you, O beloved! »
For a turquoise-set gold belt buckle of this type with a similar inscription, formerly in the L A Mayer Memorial Museum, Jerusalem, see Rachel Hasson, Later Islamic Jewellery, Jerusalem, 1987, p. 38, no. 50.
Bonhams. ISLAMIC AND INDIAN ART, 7 Oct 2014 10:30 BST. LONDON, NEW BOND STREET