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Antique Silver Ethiopian Telsum Amulets

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These antique coin silver pendants are known as telsum and, although they are ancient designs, they were made between the 17th and 18th centuries. Granulated (covered in tiny silver balls), plain or sometimes worn smooth, they were fashioned into shapes of triangles and half circles to protect the wearer against the evil eye and power of the crescent moon respectively. This strand also features two rare, prayer vessel shapes. They are made of coin silver, a traditional mix of silver and other metals, and give off a nice shine when polished.

You will receive the exact beads you see pictured here.

They are They are temporarily strung on a section of traditional thick purple cotton cord and meant to be taken apart and used in your jewelry.

Length of strand of beads approx 13 inches.

Telsum are approx 17-19mm tall and 14-18mm wide.

These beads are indeed ancient pieces and their condition reflect that. Worn edges and weathering are a product of time and love...not defects.


Antique Silver Ethiopian Telsum Amulets