Exhibitions/ Art Object

Pair of Earrings with Birds

Date:
7th–8th century
Geography:
Made in Egypt or Syria
Medium:
Gold wire, granulation, cast details, pearls
Dimensions:
Each: 2 5/8 x 2 1/16 in. (6.6 x 5.3 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
Benaki Museum, Athens (1812)
Not on view
New methods of crafting jewelry became popular during the early Islamic period, transforming the aesthetics of personal adornment. These crescent-shaped earrings display confronted birds—by now, three-dimensional in shape. The preference for filigree and wire decoration results in sophisticated, intricate designs visually distinct from Byzantine traditions.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th–9th Century)," March 12, 2012–July 8, 2012.