Bead

Date: 18th century

Geography: Morocco

Culture: Islamic

Medium: Gold, emerald, ruby, and/or garnet

Dimensions: LengtH. 1 in. (2.5 cm.)
Diameter: 13/16 in. (2.1 cm)

Classification: Jewelry

Credit Line: Gift of Marguerite McBey, 1981

Accession Number: 1981.5.18

Description

Because this bead and 1981.5.19 are the only beads of their type known to us, we can only speculate as to how they were used in combination with other elements; it is likely, however, that they were strung as a necklace and separated by pearls in multiple strands, as was common in many seventeenth- to nineteenth-century Moroccan necklaces. Although this type of pushed-up setting on a repoussé ground of thin metal is typical of Moroccan jewelry, the fine workmanship and design, including the dense setting of stones in graduated rows on the melonlike form, create an effect unparalleled in the work of this school.

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