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Ring

Date:
11th century
Geography:
Attributed to Egypt
Medium:
Gold; filigree and granulation
Dimensions:
Max. Diam. 15/16 in. (2.3 cm) Width. 7/16 (1.1 cm) BezeL. L. 5/8 in. (1.6 cm)
Classification:
Jewelry
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Klejman, 1971
Accession Number:
1971.165
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454
The construction of this gold ring is entirely wire filigree and granulation, with a thin gold sheet lining the interior. An “s” shaped border, also seen in a pair of earrings (1979.278.2a, b), borders the central design. It is difficult to make out whether the ring is inscribed with “Allah” or whether it is a closely resembling pseudo-epigraphic design. The ring may have had an apotropaic function, similar to those of talismanic scrolls and tiraz fabrics also produced in the Fatimid world.
Mr. and Mrs. John J. Klejman, New York (until 1971; gifted to MMA)
Paris. Institut du Monde Arabe. "Tresors Fatimides du Caire," April 28, 1998–August 30, 1998, no. 75.

Swietochowski, Marie, and Marilyn Jenkins-Madina. Notable Acquisitions 1965–1975 (1975). p. 142, ill. (b/w).

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn, and Manuel Keene. Islamic Jewelry in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1983. no. 49b, p. 83, ill. (b/w).

Allan, James, and Ludvik Kalus. Islamic Jewellery, edited by Michael Spink. London, England: Spink & Sons Ltd., 1986. p. 30.

"Exposition Présentée à l'Institut du Monde Arabe du 28 Avril au 30 Aout 1998." In Trésors Fatimides du Caire. Paris: Institut du Monde Arabe, 1998. no. 75, p. 135, ill. (color).

Seipel, Wilfried. "Islamische Kunst zur Fatimidenzeit." In Schatze der Kalifen. Vienna: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, 1999. no. 91, pp. 125-126, ill. p. 126 (color).



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