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Earring, One of a Pair

Object Name:
Earring
Date:
18th–20th century
Geography:
Attributed to Morocco
Medium:
Gold, emerald, ruby, and champlevé enamel
Dimensions:
Dimension excludes wire L: 1 7/8 in. (4.7 cm)
W: 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm)
Classification:
Jewelry
Credit Line:
Gift of Marguerite McBey, 1981
Accession Number:
1981.5.20
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)
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