Exhibitions/ Art Object

Gold Ensemble for the Head or Neck

Date:
11th–12th century
Geography:
Made in Ascalon
Culture:
Fatimid
Medium:
Gold filigree, wire, granulation, strips, beads, and sheet
Dimensions:
2 5/8 × 2 in. (6.7 × 5.1 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Gold
Credit Line:
Courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority, Jerusalem, exhibited at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem (IAA 1986.672, 1986.673, 1987.939, 1987.940)
Not on view
This gold jewelry hints at the wealth of the inhabitants of Ascalon, a port south of Jerusalem. The city was no backwater, but rather a thriving link to Cairo and the mercantile world beyond. Known as mushabbak (latticework) in contemporary documents, the technique used here is associated with Islamic art but also corresponds to descriptions of jewels in the trousseaux of Jewish brides. The expression of refined taste was limited only by means, not by religious tradition.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Jerusalem 1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven," September 26, 2016–January 8, 2017.