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  • Necklace elements, Nasrid period (1232–1492), probably 15th century
    Spain
    Gold; cloisonné enamel; filigree; granulation; circular pendant: Max. Diam. 3 in. (7.62 cm), pendants: L. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm), beads: L. 2 in. (5.1 cm), 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm), 1 in. (2.5 cm)
    Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.161a–j)

    Although the design of this necklace has parallels from Nasrid Spain, many of its features hark back to the traditions of Fatimid Egypt. These features include the combination of goldsmithing techniques employed, the inclusion of cloisonné enamel, and the presence of tiny loops for stringing pearls or stones on the edges of some of the elements. The Latin inscription on the circular pendant reading "Hail Mary, full of Grace" reveals that this piece was made for a Christian patron.

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  • Necklace elements, Nasrid period (1232–1492), probably 15th century
    Spain
    Gold; cloisonné enamel; filigree; granulation; circular pendant: Max. Diam. 3 in. (7.62 cm), pendants: L. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm), beads: L. 2 in. (5.1 cm), 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm), 1 in. (2.5 cm)
    Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.161a-j)

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