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Necklace with Bird, Circle and Cylinder Beads

Object Name:
11th–12th century
Probably made in Iran
Glass, colorless, amber, opaque white, opaque red; wound and hot-worked
L of necklace: 20 1/2 in. (52 cm) W. of widest bead: 1 in. (2.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Pfeiffer Fund, 1973
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
Glass beads were popular jewelry elements in the Islamic world. While some colorful glass beads were made in imitation of precious stones, the marvered glass beads on this necklace were appreciated as well and their use was probably not limited to a single social class.
[ Saeed Motamed, Frankfurt, until 1973; sold to MMA]
Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Islamic Glass: A Brief History." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 44, no. 2 (Fall 1986). pp. 54-55, ill. fig. 77 (color).

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