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Hand with Niello Decoration

Object Name:
Fragment
Date:
11th–12th century
Geography:
Excavated in Iran, Nishapur
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Bronze, silver, niello; gilded, inlaid
Dimensions:
L. (of hand) 1 9/16 in. (4 cm) L. (of pin) 1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm) W. (of hand) 1 in. (2.5 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1940
Accession Number:
40.170.251
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
This hand, with a long pin for attachment, was initially identified as being from a figurine, but it was later suggested it might be a talisman, meant to protect the bearer.
1938, excavated at Qanat Tepe in Nishapur, Iran by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's expedition; 1940, acquired by the Museum in the division of finds

Paris. Musée du Louvre. "Louvre Long Term Loan," April 28, 2004–April 27, 2006, no catalogue.

Allan, James. Nishapur: Metalwork of the Early Islamic Period. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1982. pp. 104-105, ill. fig. 186 (b/w).



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