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Strand of Beads

Object Name:
Strand of beads
9th–12th century
Excavated in Iran, Nishapur
H. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm) W. 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm) D. 5/8 in. (1.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1948
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
These beads, found together but restrung in a modern setting, may have formed a strand of prayer beads, which in Islamic practice have either thirty-three or ninety-nine beads to facilitate the recitation of the ninety-nine names of God. The pendant bead here is of the size and form commonly used as the chief spacer and "handle," which the person praying could use to keep track of a circuit.
Excavated in Nishapur, Iran by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's expedition; 1948, acquired by the Museum in the division of finds

Jenkins-Madina, Marilyn, and Manuel Keene. Islamic Jewelry in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1983. no. 11, pp. 30-32, ill. p. 31-32.

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