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Earring

Date:
11th–12th century
Geography:
Found/excavated Iran, Rayy
Medium:
Gold; filigree and granulation
Dimensions:
H: 1 1/4 in (3.2 cm)
W: 1 1/16 in (2.7 cm)
D: 1/8 in. (0.3 cm)
Classification:
Jewelry
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1922
Accession Number:
22.201
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.

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