On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454

The construction of this gold ring is entirely wire filigree and granulation, with a thin gold sheet lining the interior. An “s” shaped border, also seen in a pair of earrings (1979.278.2a, b), borders the central design. It is difficult to make out whether the ring is inscribed with “Allah” or whether it is a closely resembling pseudo-epigraphic design. The ring may have had an apotropaic function, similar to those of talismanic scrolls and tiraz fabrics also produced in the Fatimid world.

Ring, Gold; filigree and granulation

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