Armlet

Date: first half 11th century

Geography: Iran, Gurgan

Culture: Islamic

Medium: Gold; filigree and granulation

Dimensions: H. of clasp 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm), Max. Diam. 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm)

Classification: Jewelry

Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1957

Accession Number: 57.88a–c

Description

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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