Dimension excludes wire L: 1 7/8 in. (4.7 cm) W: 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm)
Gift of Marguerite McBey, 1981
Not on view
This earring and its mate (1981.5.20/21) were fabricated with emeralds, rubies, and gold, as well as blue, green and red-orange champlevé enamel, applied in scrolling arabesque motifs. These jewels were most likely made in Fes, or Meknes. In this technique, craftsmen engraved the decorative pattern into the metal, before applying a paste of colored glass in the recesses, which was then melted through heating. Inlaid enamel decorative techniques were both popular in Nasrid Spain (1232–1492), and were likely brought to Morocco by Muslim craftsmen who emigrated from Al-Andalus before or during the 15th century Reconquista.
Marguerite McBey, Tangier, Morocco (until 1981; gifted to MMA)
Artist: Reinhold Vasters (German, Erkelenz 1827–1909 Aachen) Date: ca. 1870–95Medium: Baroque pearl mounted with enameled gold set with pearls, emeralds and rubies and with pendent pearlsAccession: 1982.60.382On view in:Gallery 542