Coin in Jewellery from Bukhara

Coin in Jewellery from Bukhara


Numismática oriental / Oriental Numismatics Actas del XIII Congreso Internacional de Numismática (2003)

From ancient times coins used as currency and as element of adornment or amulet. The shell known as “kauri” was a currency and ornament in the same time. Pierced coins famous from archaeological excavations in Qunya-Uaz (Khorezm) dated by late 3rd-early 4th (Fakhretdinova, 1988, 106). 10th-11th centuries coins from the collection of Bukhara State Museum were possibly pendants for ornaments.

Jewellers of late medieval Bukhara produced a different types of articles used silver Bukharan coin called “tanga” from Mangit dynasty (1753-1920), Iranian coins from Kadjar dynasty (1796-1925), 19th-early 20th centuries Russian silver coins “rubble” and “kopeyka”, Chinese coins from the same time. They worked in Toki Zargaron 16th century jewellers trading dome in Bukhara. Artisans mostly used Bukharan and Russian coins of small diameter for pendants of head, breast ornaments, of belts, sometimes they formed from Russian, Iranian and Chinese coins of big diameter the shape of jewellery. They soldered loop to coins or pierced them for suspending on chains.

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