Miniature case - Aga Khan Museum
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Classification
Metalwork

Object name
Miniature Case

Geography
Egypt

Period
Fatimid, 11th century CE

Dynasty
Fatimid

Materials and technique
Gold

Dimensions
Length 4.7 cm

Accession number
AKM00598

Description

This miniature case is a beautiful example of granulated filigree decoration of the Fatimid period, and reflects the goldsmith’s skill with different patterns on each side. The front has dense foliate scrollwork formed into a programme of circles and triangles around a central panel (with missing inset), while the reverse exhibits a geometric lattice based on interlocking hexagons. The case would probably have contained a miniature Qur’an and hung around the wearer’s neck, suspended by two loops (one is missing here). The influence of the Fatimid goldsmiths’ work extended far and wide; the goldsmiths’ decorative vocabulary was adapted later by the Mamluks (1250-1517 CE) and, in Spain, by the Nasrids (1230-1492 CE).

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