Egypt or Syria
Fatimid, 11th century CE
Materials and technique
Height 2.9 cm; Length 7.2 cm; Weight 18 grams
Precious jewellery objects, such as this biconical bead made from gold filigree work and embellished with gold granulation, were produced in tenth- and eleventh-century Fatimid Egypt and Greater Syria. This bead reflects the superb craftsmanship of the goldsmiths who made them. 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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