Art/ Collection/ Art Object


late 19th–early 20th century
Country of Origin Central Asia or Iran
Silver, with openwork, decorative wire, and slightly domed and tablecut carnelians and turquoises; cotton foundation
7 x 7 3/8 in. (17.8 x 18.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf, 2006
Accession Number:
Not on view
This "crown" employs a similar construction to that of no. 2006.544.7, but it features a larger-scale design of openwork arabesques and decorative lettering in cursive script on the body. In addition, the openwork is punctuated by large carnelians and turquoises. Another difference is the use of a closed finial at the top, inset with a small carnelian. Neither the decorative lettering nor the nasta'liq inscriptions on the carnelians are legible, although the stones were undoubtedly used for their protective function.
Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf, Toronto, Canada (until 2006; gifted to MMA)
Diba, Layla S. "Silver Ornaments from the Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf Collection." In Turkmen Jewelry. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 3, p. 50, ill. pl. 3 (color).

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