Bracelet Made of Sanjas

Ottoman Period
Glass-Gold-Gilded Silver

The bracelet made of Early Islamic glass weights was used in Egypt. Donation of Neslişah Sultan (Osmanoğlu) to the Pera Museum.

Islamic glass weights are called sanjas (Sence in Turkish). Traditionally some of them feature names of caliphs, governors, and imams, as well as verses from the Qur’an.

Colors of the sence vary according to the raw materials added during production; blue sences are produced with chromium oxide, amber-colored ones are produced with sulfur and carbon, and dark blues ones are produced with manganese.