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Ear Ornament

Object Name:
18th–mid-20th century
Made in Morocco
Gold; 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
Referred to as "khoras kbach" (rams horns) or "khoras amara" (very ornate rings) this type of ornament was suspended alongside the ear from a chain that was attached to another ornate jewel (such as 65.265.5–7) affixed to a diadem or a headscarf. Jewelry of this type has been attributed to Fes, Tetouan or Tangiers, and appears in several 19th and 20th century paintings depicting Moroccan Jewish weddings and gatherings (see 1972.118.210).
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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