Bead, Jet

Bead

Date:
9th–10th century
Geography:
Excavated in Iran, Nishapur
Medium:
Jet
Classification:
Jewelry
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1940
Accession Number:
40.170.405
Not on view
The dot-in-circle motif recalls designs presumed to be of magical significance, most likely an abstract eye to ward off the evil-eye, which serve an apotropaic function. Easily reproduced with a tool and visible in many cultures and times, this symbol may have lost its meaning, and become simply a decorative pattern, or may have one that we have not yet discovered.
1937, excavated at Sabz Pushan in Nishapur, Iran by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's expedition; 1940, acquired by the Museum in the division of finds