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Temple Pendant and Stick

ca. 1080–1150
Made in Constantinople
Cloisonné enamel, gold
Overall: 1 15/16 × 15/16 in. (4.9 × 2.4 cm) Length stick: 2 × 1/16 in. (5.1 × 0.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1990
Accession Number:
1990.235a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 300
On the surface of this exquisitely worked pendant are intricate patterns of florets, palmettes, and variegated borders, and a medallion with the head of a young, beardless man on the front. Crosses embellish the accompanying stick. Temple pendants are thought to have hung near the temple or cheek, suspended from the wearer’s hair or headdress. The pendant’s hollow interior probably held a piece of perfumed cloth; the small stick would have been used to guide the cloth in and out of the pendant.
[ Robert Haber and Associates Inc., Ancient Art(sold 1990)]
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