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Spherical Bead

Object Name:
11th century
Egypt or Syria
Gold; filigree and granulation
13/16 in. (2.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mobil Foundation Inc. Gift, 1980
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454
This bead and bead 1980.456 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, until ca. 1978; sold to Khalili]; [ Khalili Gallery, London, until 1980; sold to MMA]
Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn, and Manuel Keene. Islamic Jewelry in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1983. no. 51d, p. 88, ill. (color).

Metropolitan Jewelry. 1991. p. 11, ill. (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. 100, pp. 151-152, ill. p. 151 (color).

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