Crescent-Shaped Pendant with Confronted Birds

Object Name: Pendant

Date: 11th century

Geography: Made in Egypt

Medium: Gold, cloisonné enamel, turquoise; filigree

Dimensions: H. 1 3/4 in. (4.5 cm)
W. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm)

Classification: Jewelry

Credit Line: Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915

Accession Number: 30.95.37


Few works with enamels have survived from the early Islamic period. The fabrication of this pendant is typical of Fatimid goldsmiths' craftsmanship: boxlike construction, gold stringing loops, openwork design with a strip support, S-shaped filler elements, and paired twisted wires. The enamels had to be secured to the back with an adhesive after the object was finished.