Crescent-Shaped Pendant with Confronted Birds

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454

Few works with enamels have survived from the early Islamic period. The fabrication of this pendant is typical of Fatimid goldsmiths' craftsmanship: boxlike construction, gold stringing loops, openwork design with a strip support, S-shaped filler elements, and paired twisted wires. The enamels had to be secured to the back with an adhesive after the object was finished.

Crescent-Shaped Pendant with Confronted Birds, Gold, cloisonné enamel, turquoise; filigree

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