Elements of a bracelet
London, United Kingdom
Khalili Family Trust – Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art
AD 11th century
Bracelet; jewellery; gold; enamel; wire; granulation
Gold sheet, wire and granulation, enamel
Diameter of large roundels: 1.8cm
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.
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.
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