Art/ Collection/ Art Object


18th century
Attributed to Morocco
Gold, emeralds, rubies, and/or garnets
LengtH. 1 in. (2.6 cm.)
Diameter: 2 1/8 in. (5.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Marguerite McBey, 1981
Accession Number:
Not on view
Because this bead and 1981.5.18 are the only beads of their type known to us, we can only speculate as to how they were used in combination with other elements; it is likely, however, that they were strung as a necklace and separated by pearls in multiple strands, as was common in many seventeenth- to nineteenth-century Moroccan necklaces. Although this type of pushed-up setting on a repoussé ground of thin metal is typical of Moroccan jewelry, the fine workmanship and design, including the dense setting of stones in graduated rows on the melonlike form, create an effect unparalleled in the work of this school.
Marguerite McBey, Tangier, Morocco (until 1981; gifted to MMA)
Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn, and Manuel Keene. Islamic Jewelry in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1983. no. 76, p. 135, ill. (color).

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