Jewish artisans who fled Spain during the Inquisition in the late 15th century and settled in North Africa brought with them the jewelry techniques of filigree and granulation. While the delicate linear designs and ornamental forms of these beads are centuries old, the objects themselves were probably created only about a hundred years ago. Gold can be easily melted and remade into new forms in keeping with changing patterns of taste and wealth.
11 gilded silver circular beads with two holes.
Roy and Brigitta Mitchell, Washington, D.C., -- to 2010
African Mosaic: Selections from the Permanent Collection, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., November 19, 2013-ongoing
African Mosaic: Celebrating a Decade of Collecting, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., November 19, 2010-November 13, 2013