A Seljuk gem-set gold Pendant Persia, 12th/ 13th Century
Lot 75
A Seljuk gem-set gold Pendant Persia, 12th/ 13th Century
Sold for £3,360 (US$ 5,257) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Seljuk gem-set gold Pendant
Persia, 12th/ 13th Century
the gold sheet of elongated cartouche-shaped with cusped sides, granulation around the borders and the settings, set with precious stones including turquoises, a central kufic inscribed garnet, spinels and turquoises, verso with granulation around the borders, twisted wire forming a similar shape in the centre, engraved with floral decoration and highlighted with bitumen
7.7 x 4.4 cm.

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Formerly in the collection of Alexander J. Choremi, Alexandria, assembled in the late 19th/ early 20th Century, probably from Gallery Kalebdjian, Paris; and thence by descent to the present owner.

    Exhibited: L'Exposition D'art Musulman, Alexandria, Egypt, 1925.

    The central garnet is a re-used stone datable to the 8th/ 9th Century, a common practice in Medieval Islamic jewellery. The inscription reads: "Ishaq bin 'Isa".

    For an almost identical example set with precious stones in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, see Marilyn Jenkins and Manuel Keene, Islamic Jewelry, New York, 1982, no. 26, pp. 56-57.
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