Jewelry Elements

Object Name: Necklace

Date: late 14th–16th century

Geography: Attributed to Iran or Central Asia

Culture: Islamic

Medium: Gold sheet; worked, chased, and set with turquoise, gray chalcedony, and glass

Dimensions: Large medallion: H. 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm)
W. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm)
Half medallion: H. 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm)
W. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm)
Cartouches: H. 3/4 in. (1.9 cm)
W. 1/2 in. (1.3 cm)

Classification: Jewelry

Credit Line: Purchase, Rogers Fund and Habib Anavian Gift, 1989

Accession Number: 1989.87a–l


Few examples of medieval Islamic jewelry survive, leaving scholars to rely on depictions of jewelry in manuscript paintings of the period for evidence of their appearance. Imagery from Ilkhanid and later period painting reveals that necklaces sharing some details with the jewelry elements shown here were worn by women in the fourteenth to sixteenth century in Iran and Central Asia.