These beads, found together but restrung in a modern setting, may have formed a strand of prayer beads, which in Islamic practice have either thirty-three or ninety-nine beads to facilitate the recitation of the ninety-nine names of God. The pendant bead here is of the size and form commonly used as the chief spacer and "handle," which the person praying could use to keep track of a circuit.
Excavated in Nishapur, Iran by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's expedition; 1948, acquired by the Museum in the division of finds
Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn, and Manuel Keene. Islamic Jewelry in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1983. no. 11, pp. 30-32, ill. p. 31-32.