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Gold Jewelry Elements

Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Credit
Description These elements once formed different pieces of jewelry, including possibly a belt, hair adornments, a pendant, earrings, and other ornaments meant to be sewn onto clothing or headdresses. They originally were set with gems and inlaid with colored enamel. Together, they constitute one of the most important groups of jewelry known from al-Andalus, or Muslim Spain.
Date Description Narrative
2/22/1979Examinationexamined for condition
  • Islamic Jewelry. The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Jerusalem. 1987.
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
  • Al-Andalus: The Art of Islamic Spain. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 1992.
  • Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Medieval Trans-Saharan Exchange. Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston; Aga Khan Museum, Toronto; National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington. 2019-2021.
Provenance [Said to have been found at Madinat al-Zahra, near Cordova]; Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris (?) [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1929, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1929

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late 10th-early 11th century (Medieval)
gold, gemstones, traces of enamel
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
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Installation H: 4 3/4 x W: 14 x D: 9/16 in. (12 x 35.5 x 1.5 cm)
Location Within Museum
Out On Exhibition Loan


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