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Jewelry Elements

Object Name:
late 14th–16th century
Iran or Central Asia
Gold sheet; worked, chased, and set with turquoise, gray chalcedony, and glass
Large medallion: H. 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm) W. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm) Half medallion: H. 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm) W. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm) Cartouches: H. 3/4 in. (1.9 cm) W. 1/2 in. (1.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund and Habib Anavian Gift, 1989
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455
Few examples of medieval Islamic jewelry survive, leaving scholars to rely on depictions of jewelry in manuscript paintings of the period for evidence of their appearance. Imagery from Ilkhanid and later period painting reveals that necklaces sharing some details with the jewelry elements shown here were worn by women in the fourteenth to sixteenth century in Iran and Central Asia.
[ Habib Anavian, New York, until 1989; sold to MMA]
New York. Forbes Galleries. "Masterpieces of Ancient Jewelry: Exquisite Jeweled Objects from the Cradle of Civilization," September 22, 2008–December 31, 2008.

Chicago. Field Museum of Natural History. "Masterpieces of Ancient Jewelry: Exquisite Jeweled Objects from the Cradle of Civilization," February 13, 2009–June 14, 2009.

Paris. Institut du Monde Arabe. "Masterpieces of Ancient Jewelry: Exquisite Jeweled Objects from the Cradle of Civilization," April 19, 2010–July 25, 2010.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 47, no. 2 (1988–1989). pp. 10-11, ill. p. 10 (color).

Rossabi, Morris, Charles Melville, James C.Y. Watt, Tomoko Masuya, Sheila S. Blair, Robert Hillenbrand, Linda Komaroff, Stefano Carboni, Sarah Bertelan, and John Hirx. The Legacy of Genghis Khan: Courtly Art and Culture in Western Asia, 1256–1353, edited by Stefano Carboni, and Linda Komaroff. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002. no. 148, pp. 86, 275, ill. fig. 89 (color).

Price, Judith. "Exquisite Objects from the Cradle of Civilization." In Masterpieces of Ancient Jewelry. Philadelphia; London, 2008. p. 131, ill. (color).

Diba, Layla S. "Silver Ornaments from the Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf Collection." In Turkmen Jewelry. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. p. 29, ill. fig. 22 (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. 88, pp. 8, 133-134, ill. p. 133 (color).

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