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Biconical Bead with Scrolls

Object Name:
11th century
Egypt or Syria
Gold; filigree and granulation
2 x 3/4 in. (5.1 x 1.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Sheikh Nasser Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah Gift, in memory of Richard Ettinghausen, 1980
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454
This bead and bead 1980.457 feature superb patterns of scrolling vines whose bifurcations elegantly extend the design to fit the required space. The patterns recall those of the beveled style of the ninth century, although these possess clearer lines, perhaps owing to the medium.
[ Art Market, Jerusalem, ca. 1977–78; sold to Content]; [ Derek Content, Israel, from ca. 1978; sold to Khakili]; [ Khalili Gallery, London, until 1980; sold to MMA]
Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 38 (1980-1981). p. 17, ill. (b/w).

Welch, Stuart Cary. The Islamic World. vol. 11. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. p. 28, ill. fig. 16 (color).

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn, and Manuel Keene. Islamic Jewelry in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1983. no. 51d, p. 88, ill. (color).

de Montebello, Philippe, and Kathleen Howard, ed. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. 6th ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1992. p. 314, ill. fig. 8 (color).

Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 99, pp. 151-152, ill. p. 151 (color).

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