Earrings, Gold; filigree and cloisonné enamel


11th–12th century
Attributed to possibly Syria
Gold; filigree and cloisonné enamel
H. 1 in. (2.5 cm)
W. 1 1/16 in. (2.7 cm)
D. 7/16 in. (1.1 cm)
Wt. 0.2 oz. (5.8 g)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Gifts in memory of Richard Ettinghausen, and Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1979
Accession Number:
1979.278.1a, b
Not on view
These earrings or pendants have been fabricated with filigree openwork, cloisonné enamel, and beaded granulation, and resemble similar jewels from the Fatimid Period (909–1171). Yet these pieces differ from most well-known Fatimid crescent (hilal) shaped ornaments in that they bear bulbous filigree hemispheres and cloisonné enamel on both rather than just one side. The style of the enamel is also more similar to works produced in eastern Slavic Kievan Rus' (ca. 860–1240) than to any known surviving Fatimid examples.
[ McDougall Palmer Ltd., London, by 1978–79; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Glory of Byzantium," March 11–July 6, 1997, no. 210.

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn, and Manuel Keene. Islamic Jewelry in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1983. no. 43, p. 76, ill. fig. 43 (b/w).

Evans, Helen, and William D. Wixom, ed. "Art and Culture of the Middle Byzantine Era A.D. 843–1261." In The Glory of Byzantium. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1997. no. 210, p. 308, ill. (color).