Centerpiece from an Armlet (Bazuband) later made into a Brooch
Gold, inset with rubies, emeralds, and colorless sapphires; with later pearls, diamonds, onyx
L. 3-3/4 in.
W. 2 in.
Gift of George Blumenthal, 1941
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 463
Armbands, called bazubands in Persian, were known in ancient Iran and India. Worn by both men and women, they appear in Mughal paintings of courtly life. This centerpiece of an armband consists of emeralds, colorless sapphires, and very fine rubies arranged in three flower-like groupings. When the armband was transformed into a brooch by Cartier (Paris), rows of pearls were added to its original form.
George and Florence Blumenthal, New York (until 1941; gifted to MMA)
Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn, and Manuel Keene. Islamic Jewelry in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1983. no. 68, p. 125, ill. (color).
Pal, Pratapaditya. Romance of the Taj Mahal. London; Los Angeles: Thames and Hudson, 1989–1991. no. 138, pp. 137-138, ill. fig. 138 (color).