H: 1 1/4 in (3.2 cm) W: 1 1/16 in (2.7 cm) D: 1/8 in. (0.3 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1922
Not on view
Animals–especially birds–composed from gold filigree were popular forms in earrings and pendants in medieval Syria and Iran. The wire in this piece has been twisted like a rope and scrolled into arabesque motifs which comprise the body of the bird. This example has been further ornamented with granulated gold beads on the wing, beak and eye.
[ G.J. Demotte, New York; until 1922; sold to MMA]
Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Mohammedan Decorative Arts. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1930. p. 106.