Spherical and Biconical Gold Beads

Object Name: Beads

Date: 11th century

Geography: Made in Egypt or Syria

Medium: Gold; filigree and granulation

Classification: Jewelry

Credit Line: Purchase, Mobil Foundation Inc. Gift; Sheikh Nasser Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah Gift, in memory of Richard Ettinghausen, 1980

Accession Number: 1980.456, .457


These beads feature superb patterns of scrolling vines whose bifurcations elegantly extend the design to fit the required space. The patterns recall those of the beveled style of the ninth century, although these possess clearer lines, perhaps owing to the medium.