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Pendant

Date:
11th–12th century
Geography:
Attributed to Iran
Medium:
Gold; granulation, set with pearls, turquoise and pink tourmaline
Dimensions:
H. 3 in. (7.6 cm) W. 1 5/8 in. (4.2 cm) D. 3/8 in. (1 cm)
Classification:
Jewelry
Credit Line:
The Alice and Nasli Heeramaneck Collection, Gift of Alice Heeramaneck, 1980
Accession Number:
1980.541.3
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 453
Although the religious establishment discouraged wearing precious metals and luxury jewelry, women were allowed to bedeck themselves with jewels especially if they were wedding presents. This pendant may have had a talismanic property, as the colored stones that adorn it often carried particular meanings - protection from evil eye or disease.
Alice N. Heeramaneck, New York (until 1980; gifted to MMA)
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