Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Armlet, Ghaznavid period (977–1186), first half of 11th century
    Iran, Gurgan
    Gold; filigree and granulation; H. of clasp 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm), Max. Diam. 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm)
    Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1957 (57.88a–c)

    Pre-Islamic forms can be seen in bracelets such as this one, indicating traditionalism in the production of jewelry. At the back of each of the four hemispheres around the clasp there is a flat disk of gold decorated by pouncing it over a coin; the four stones originally on the front are now missing. The twisted decoration probably derives from Greek bracelets; Byzantine jewelry often incorporated coins.

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  • Armlet, Ghaznavid period (977–1186), first half of 11th century
    Iran, Gurgan
    Gold; filigree and granulation; H. of clasp 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm), Max. Diam. 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm)
    Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1957 (57.88a–c)

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