Art/ Collection/ Art Object


11th century
Made in Egypt
Gold; wire and granulation
1 1/4 in. (3.2 cm)
Credit Line:
The Friends of the Department of Islamic Art Fund, 1974
Accession Number:
Not on view
This gold pendant has been fabricated with filigree openwork, beaded granulation, and several loops around the perimeter and interior which once attached gems. These characteristics, along with its crescent (hilal) shape, are typical of jewelry from the Fatimid Period (909–1171). A cloisonné panel, which has been lost, would originally have embellished the front side of this pendant (akin to 30.95.37).
[ Heidi Vollmöller, Zurich, until 1974; sold to MMA]
Swietochowski, Marie, and Marilyn Jenkins-Madina. Notable Acquisitions 1965–1975 (1975). p. 143, ill. (b/w).

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn, and Manuel Keene. Islamic Jewelry in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1983. no. 49a, p. 83, ill. (b/w).

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn. "Fatimid Jewelry, Its Subtypes and Influences." Ars Orientalis vol. 18 (1988). pp. 41, 47, ill. figs. 8a, 8b.

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