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Name of Object:

Elements of a bracelet


London, United Kingdom

Holding Museum:

Khalili Family Trust – Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art


AD 11th century

Type of object:

Bracelet; jewellery; gold; enamel; wire; granulation

Museum Inventory Number:

JLY 941

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Gold sheet, wire and granulation, enamel


Diameter of large roundels: 1.8cm

Period / Dynasty:



Egypt or Syria


This bracelet comprises four enamelled roundels, eight small spacers and a two bell-shaped elements that form a clasp. The four roundels are respectively enamelled with depictions of a bird facing right, another facing left, a trefoil and an undefined motif. The main colours are opaque orange-yellow, pale yellow, sealing–wax red, translucent royal blue and green. The enamel also holds in place the gold cell walls, which are very thin and not soldered to the backing. All the elements are box-constructed and bordered by clustres of granules.

Selected bibliography:

Brosh, N., Islamic Jewellery, exhibition catalogue, Jerusalem: The Israel Museum, 1987: 26, fig.20.1.
Spink, M., and J. Ogden, The Art of Adornment, London: The Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, volume 17, Part One, 2013: cat.44, p.131.

Citation of this web page:

Compiled by Roberta Marin  "Elements of a bracelet" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;uk;Mus21;23;en&id=jewellery

Prepared by: Compiled by Roberta Marin

MWNF Working Number: UK1 23