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Earring, One of a Pair

Object Name:
Earring
Date:
first half 20th century
Geography:
Attributed to Algeria
Medium:
Silver wire and filigree, enamel, coral or imitation coral
Dimensions:
3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm) 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm)
Classification:
Jewelry
Credit Line:
Bequest of Helen Winslow Durkee Mileham, 1954
Accession Number:
55.111.34
Not on view
These earrings are ornamented on the recto and verso with brightly colored enamels that are typical of the Kabylie region in Algeria. Enameling techniques in North African Berber jewelry are believed to have been brought by jewelers exiled from Muslim Spain after the 15th century Reconquista. While coral was a much valued gemstone in Berber culture, plastic imitation is often found in jewelry from the 20th century.
Helen Winslow Durkee Mileham, New York (by 1948–d. 1954; bequeathed to MMA)
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