Object Name: Beads
Date: 11th century
Geography: Egypt or Syria
Medium: Gold; filigree and granulation
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.