Name of Object:



Los Angeles, United States of America

Holding Museum:

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)


Hegira 5th century / AD 11th century

Type of object:

Jewelry and Adornments

Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Gold, set with rubies and emeralds


Diameter 11.8 cm

Period / Dynasty:



Egypt or Syria


This bracelet demonstrates the artistry and luxury of Islamic goldworking techniques in the Fatimid period. Fashioned from a single flat sheet of gold, the shank of the bracelet was decorated with repoussé and chased designs and then folded into a hollow tube; here the fine relief designs include human heads, birds, and harpies. The decoration of the elaborate circular clasp illustrates several complex techniques: twisted wire spirals, granulation and filigree. The stones are emeralds and rubies; the latter have been set with rock crystal, a favourite stone in the Fatimid period. Bracelets of this type were evidently made and worn in pairs, further magnifying the effect of the fine workmanship and precious materials. Such gold jewellery served not only as a spectacular form of personal adornment but also as an indicator of a woman’s wealth and social standing.

Citation of this web page:

 "Bracelet" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;us;Mus21;14;en&id=jewellery

MWNF Working Number: US1 14

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