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Vintage 1930s Middle East Niello Silver Filigree and Brooch Pin Islamic Shrines

Dimensions: 2.3" x 0.78" inches or 6 x 2 cm / The pin has a secure hinge and "c" clasp with no damage / Weight 6 grams / All measurements are approximate


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This is a very hard to find piece of Jewelry. It is a sterling Silver filigree Brooch from the middle east made in the 1930s. Exotic and unusual vintage Brooch made in the late moments of first Shah of House of Pahlavi Dynasty. The central decorated panel of the Brooch has a very abstract representation of the Samanid Mausoleum in Bujara, Uzbekistan and it was a souvenir for pilgrims visiting the shrine.
The Samanid mausoleum is located in a park just outside the historic urban center of Bukhara, Uzbekistan. The mausoleum is considered to be one of the most highly esteemed work of Central Asian architecture, and was built between 892 and 943 CE as the resting-place of Ismail Samani - a powerful and influential amir of the Samanid dynasty, one of the last native Persian dynasties that ruled in Central Asia in the 9th and 10th centuries, after the Samanids established virtual independence from the Abbasid Caliphate in Baghdad. In addition to Ismail Samani, the mausoleum also houses the remains of his father Ahmed and his nephew Nasr, as well as the remains of other members of the Samanid dynasty. The shrine has been considered sacred by local residents, and pilgrims would pose dilemmas and questions to a mullah who would reply from behind a wall in order to preserve anonymity for petitioners. The shrine was once the centerpiece of a vast cemetery where even the former Emirs of Bukhara were buried. During the Soviet era, the local cemetery was paved over, and an amusement park was built immediately adjacent to the shrine which is still in operation. A park was also built to completely surround the shrine.

In a very good vintage condition!




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