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Head Ornament

Object Name:
Head ornament
18th–mid-20th century
Gold; fabricated from sheet and wire, chased, and set with rubies, emeralds, and pearls
H. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm) W. 3 7/16 in. (8.7 cm) D. 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Charles A. Poindexter, 1965
Accession Number:
Not on view
This head ornament and ornaments 65.265.2-.7 are related in technique and design to pieces made in Istanbul, and thus may be considered representative of the western reaches of Ottoman style. Although Morocco was never part of the Ottoman empire, these ornaments illustrate the degree to which the Ottoman style penetrated surrounding regions.
Charles A. Poindexter, New York (until 1965; gifted to MMA)
Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn, and Manuel Keene. Islamic Jewelry in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1983. no. 77, p. 136, ill. (color).

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