Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts and Harvey and Elizabeth Plotnick Gift, 2006
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
This crescent-shaped earring is one of a pair (see 2006.273a). It is constructed of gold wire and filigree. The decorative details are achieved through the openwork filigree and fine granulation. In a 12th century manuscript, the Treatises of Fixed Stars, female figures (representing constellations) are depicted wearing crescent-shaped jewelry, both earrings and head ornaments.
[ Momtaz Islamic Art, London, 1950–2006; sold to MMA]
Price, Judith. "Exquisite Objects from the Cradle of Civilization." In Masterpieces of Ancient Jewelry. Philadelphia; London, 2008. p. 107, ill. (color).