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Hair Ornament

Object Name:
Hair ornament
Date:
12th–13th century
Geography:
Found Iran, Gurgan
Medium:
Gold; cast, fabricated, engraved, with a copper alloy inner sleeve, decorated with twisted wire and granulation
Dimensions:
H. 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm) W. 13/16 in. (2.1 cm)
Classification:
Jewelry
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1952
Accession Number:
52.32.10
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 455
Tubular hair ornaments have a deep history in the region of Iran and Central Asia, dating to pre-Islamic times. Worn around a thick lock of hair, this ornament would have created a striking image, especially with a brightly colored cloth slipped between the copper alloy core and the gold of the exterior, where it would have peeked through the geometric patterning of gold wire and granulation.
Majid and Feraidoon Movaghar, Tehran and New York (until 1952; sold to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Nature of Islamic Ornament Part III: Geometric Patterns," March 17, 1999–July 18, 1999, no catalogue.

New York. Forbes Galleries. "Masterpieces of Ancient Jewelry: Exquisite Jeweled Objects from the Cradle of Civilization," September 22, 2008–December 31, 2008, p. 116.

Chicago. Field Museum of Natural History. "Masterpieces of Ancient Jewelry: Exquisite Jeweled Objects from the Cradle of Civilization," February 13, 2009–June 14, 2009, p. 116.

Paris. Institut du Monde Arabe. "Masterpieces of Ancient Jewelry: Exquisite Jeweled Objects from the Cradle of Civilization," April 19, 2010–July 25, 2010, p. 116.

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn, and Manuel Keene. Islamic Jewelry in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1983. no. 32, p. 63, ill. (b/w).

Price, Judith. "Exquisite Objects from the Cradle of Civilization." In Masterpieces of Ancient Jewelry. Philadelphia; London, 2008. p. 116, ill. (color).



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