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Earring

Date:
11th–12th century
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Gold; filigree and granulation
Dimensions:
Diam. 2 3/8 in. (6.1 cm)
Classification:
Jewelry
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts and Harvey and Elizabeth Plotnick Gift, 2006
Accession Number:
2006.273b
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).



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