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Button

Date:
8th–9th century
Geography:
Iran, Nishapur
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Stone; carved
Dimensions:
H. 5/16 in. (0.8 cm) Diam. 1/2 in. (1.2 cm)
Classification:
Stone
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1938
Accession Number:
38.40.88
Not on view
The dot-in-circle motif recalls designs presumed to be of magical significance, most likely an abstract eye to ward off the evil-eye, which serves an apotropaic function. Easily reproduced with a tool and visible in many cultures and times, this symbol may have lost its meaning, and become simply a decorative pattern, or may have one that we have not yet discovered.
1937, excavated at North Horn in Nishapur, Iran by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's expedition; 1938, acquired by the Museum in the division of finds

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