Art/ Collection/ Art Object


19th–20th century
Attributed to Morocco
Silver (?), gilded; red, green and yellow glass; copal beads at ends
5 1/2 x 14 1/4 in. (14 x 36.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Paul Cauvin, 1967
Accession Number:
Not on view
This lebba, or wedding necklace worn by a bride, is made up of the traditional number of seven pendants of multiple shapes. The crescent-and-moon motif may allude to an eyebrow and an iris, a talismanic form that protects the wearer from the evil eye. The triangular motif is known as gharnati ("from Granada"), indicating the history of Andalusian craftsmen in Morocco. The ten elongated and ribbed beads separating the pendants are known as kraqueb.
Mrs. Paul Cauvin, New York (until 1967; gifted to MMA)
Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn, and Manuel Keene. Islamic Jewelry in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1983. no. 78, p. 137, ill. (b/w).

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