Element from a Necklace. 12th century. gold filigree. Museum Purchase. 1958.3.
height: 2 1/2 in, 6.3500 cm; width: 3 in, 7.6200 cm; depth: .375 in, 0.9525 cm
Element from a Necklace
Syria or Egypt
1300s, Mamluk period
This centerpiece from a woman’s necklace was made in the region of Greater Syria when it was part of the empire of the Mamluk dynasty (1250-1517). Both the technique of filigree gold-working and the design motifs – scrolls, a medallion, and birds – had been known in West Asia and the Mediterranean since 3000 BC. The shape, however, is similar to the Mongolian “cloud collar,” and reflects the influences of successive waves of Central Asian invaders from the 1000s.
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