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Crescent-shaped pendant with confronted birds
New York, United States of America
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Hegira late 4th–5th century / AD 11th century
Gold, cloisonné enamel, turquoise; filigree
Art produced in Cairo during the reign of the Fatimids (969–1171) is characterized by a notable increase in the use of human and animal motifs and by a high level of craftsmanship. This pendant, with its elaborate designs constructed in filigree on a gold grid, is an especially fine example of goldwork. The Fatimids borrowed from Byzantine art the use of crescent-shaped ornaments as well as the technique of cloisonné enamel, which was employed here for the birds in the centre. The goldsmith may have bought the inserts ready-made and then placed them into the gold setting, fixing them with adhesive.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
"Crescent-shaped pendant with confronted birds" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;us;Mus23;15;en
MWNF Working Number: US3 15