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Crescent-Shaped Pendant with Confronted Birds

Object Name:
Pendant
Date:
11th century
Geography:
Egypt
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Gold, cloisonné enamel, turquoise; filigree
Dimensions:
H. 1 3/4 in. (4.5 cm) W. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm)
Classification:
Jewelry
Credit Line:
Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
Accession Number:
30.95.37
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454
Few works with enamels have survived from the early Islamic period. The fabrication of this pendant is typical of Fatimid goldsmiths' craftsmanship: boxlike construction, gold stringing loops, openwork design with a strip support, S-shaped filler elements, and paired twisted wires. The enamels had to be secured to the back with an adhesive after the object was finished.
Theodore M. Davis, New York (by 1913–d. 1915; bequeathed to MMA)
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