On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 457

Cloisonné enamel designs were made by attaching flattened gold wire to a gold surface, creating separate compartments. Into each compartment, a paste of powdered enamel was inserted. The object was then fired in a kiln, vitrifying the paste and giving it a jewellike character. The enameled cartouches on these beads contain Arabic inscriptions saying "Glory is God’s alone."

Beads, Gold, cloisonné enamel, pearls; filigree

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