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Tweezers

Date:
9th–10th century
Geography:
Attributed to Iran, Nishapur. Excavated in Iran, Nishapur
Medium:
Bronze; cast
Dimensions:
L. 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm) W. 1/4 in. (.6 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1939
Accession Number:
39.40.70
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
Tweezers were widely used in the ancient Near Eastern and Roman worlds and were commonly fashioned out of single piece of metal. These tweezers are made of a single piece of bronze with a separate adjustable sliding piece for altering the opening distance.
1938, excavated at Vineyard Tepe in Nishapur, Iran by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's expedition; 1939, acquired by the Museum in the division of finds

Allan, James. Nishapur: Metalwork of the Early Islamic Period. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1982. pp. 76-77, ill. fig. 89 (b/w).

Soucek, Priscilla, ed. Content and Context of Visual Arts in the Islamic World : papers from a colloquium in memory of Richard Ettinghausen, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Monographs on the fine arts, vol. 44. University Park, PA: College Art Association of America, 1988. no. 89, pp. 2, 8, ill. fig. 2 (b/w).



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