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Key

Date:
9th–10th century
Geography:
Attributed to Iran, Nishapur. Excavated in Iran, Nishapur
Medium:
Bronze; cast
Dimensions:
L. 3 1/16 (7.8 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1939
Accession Number:
39.40.134
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
This key, which came with a ring attached, terminates in a flat disk with two square holes and a square indentation that would have served to release a lock.
1938, excavated at Qanat Tepe in Nishapur, Iran by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's expedition; 1939, acquired by the Museum in the division of finds

Allan, James. Nishapur: Metalwork of the Early Islamic Period. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1982. pp. 98-99, ill. fig. 162 (b/w).

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