Horse Bridle or Belt Ornaments

Date: 1400–1500

Geography: Made in Granada, Spain

Culture: Spanish

Medium: Gilt copper or copper alloy and cloisonné enamel

Dimensions: a: 2 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 5/16 in. (6.1 x 6.1 x 0.8 cm)
b: 2 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 5/16 in. (6.1 x 6.1 x 0.8 cm)
c: 2 1/16 x 1 3/8 x 3/8 in. (5.2 x 3.5 x 0.9 cm)
d: 1 1/16 x 7/8 x 1/4 in. (2.7 x 2.2 x 0.7 cm)
e: 1 7/16 x 1 3/8 x 1/4 in. (3.7 x 3.5 x 0.7 cm)
f: 1 7/16 x 1 3/8 x 1/4 in. (3.7 x 3.5 x 0.6 cm)
g: 1 7/16 x 1 3/8 x 1/4 in. (3.7 x 3.5 x 0.6 cm)
h: 1 1/2 x 1 3/8 x 1/4 in. (3.8 x 3.5 x 0.6 cm)
i: 1 7/16 x 1 3/8 x 1/4 in. (3.6 x 3.5 x 0.7 cm)
j: 1 7/16 x 1 3/8 x 1/4 in. (3.7 x 3.5 x 0.7 cm)

Classification: Enamels-Cloisonné

Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917

Accession Number: 17.190.962a-j

Description

Colorful plaques of cloisonée enamel set into intricate patterns of filigree and granulation adorn this sumptuous group of ten ornaments, components of a larger set that may have decorated an elaborate horse bridle or perhaps a sword belt. Their design and decorative techniques link them to other pieces of fine metalwork made in the Nasrid capital of Granada, presumably in a royal workshop.

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