Gold bracelet of eight links

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Historical period(s)
Abbasid period, 12th century
Medium
Gold
Dimensions
H x W: 19.7 x 3 cm (7 3/4 x 1 3/16 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1950.21
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Jewelry and Ornament, Metalwork
Type

Bracelet

Keywords
Abbasid period (750 - 1258), chasing, granulation, hammering, Iran, kufic script, naskh script, niello, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Heeramaneck Galleries

Label

This bracelet's lightweight construction continues a characteristic of earlier Byzantine and Sasanian traditions. Each of the eight links consists of a pyramidal hollow "box," shaped from sheet gold and originally inset with a precious stone. On the sloping sides, inscriptions on a niello ground (blackened with a lead-silver sulfide mixture) bestow good wishes on the owner. Finely drawn sphinxes and griffins on the back of each link symbolize good fortune and well being.

Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum