Unique Markings Mother of Pearl Sadaf Button Big Old Tribal Notion (#8285)
One beautiful old mother of pearl (locally called, "sadaf") button from the tribal regions of Kohistan, Pakistan. This button is a little different than some of the others I have listed. First, it's thinner, perhaps due to many many years of use. Second, it has striations that create a "peacock feather" pattern on the surface - at least that's my interpretation of what they look like. Then again, it could be grass and flowers - I am not positive that is the actual pattern. The incised symbols are made by hand. Speculation about the use of the buttons is varied - some say they are worn on dresses called, "jumlo", others indicate they are used on decorative items. The button is about 1/16" thick but due to age and wear, the thickness varies. The button is worn from years of use but the design is still visible. About 1.8" wide.
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