Beaded Snake Made By An Ottoman Prisoner Of War. During captivity, Ottoman (Turkish) prisoners used small glass beads to fashion snakes, lizards, bags, belts, bookmarks and jewelry. Some prisoners used them to barter with other prisoners, or sent them home as gifts. Crochet beaded snakes were the most popular of the beaded souvenirs created in the prisoner of war camps. Like our snake with a text on the belly that says TURKISH PRISONES.
Snakes are a symbol of good luck in parts of south-east Europe, perhaps giving them symbolic importance for their makers. A snake is basically a tube, which is a very easy shape to make with bead crochet.
Beadwork snakes were made following a pattern from tail to head, with two basic designs on their backs: zigzag or diamond. Within both these options though there are many variation in the colours and complexities of the designs. Limited information exists about the design and manufacture of these items.
It seems that wherever there were major prisoner of war camps holding Ottoman prisoners including Egypt, Great Britain, Salonika, France, and Mesopotamia beadwork items were made. DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT FOR ANY INFORMATION OR QUESTIONS.ISRAELI BUYERS MUST ADD 17% V. We guarantee all items we sell are 100% authentic! The item "Beaded Snake Made By An Ottoman Prisoner Of War" is in sale since Wednesday, September 4, 2019. This item is in the category "Art\Folk Art & Indigenous Art". The seller is "antikjudaic" and is located in tel aviv.
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