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A Group of Nasrid Enamelled and Gilt-Metal jewellery, Spain, 15th century

composed of five pieces, including an amulet covered with inscriptions, two small gold-gilt belt ornaments with star and palmette patterns, two slightly larger, horse bridle components or belt ornaments, one gold-gilt with scrolling decoration, the other with cloisonné enamel ornamentation


Quantity: 5
1.8cm.
2cm.
2.2cm.
2.8cm.
3.4cm. max.
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Catalogue Note

inscriptions

Qur'an, chapter CXII (al-Ikhlas), the rest undeciphered.

This group of Nasrid gilt jewellery presents a beautiful example of Islamic enamel work. They are closely comparable to a group of gilded and enamelled jewellery clasps from the David Collection, (25 a-d/1995, illustrated in Copenhagen 1996, pp.225-226, no.199). As the clasps in the David Collection, these jewel-like ornaments are all open so that they could be fastened with leather straps or on chains. One bead from the group is engraved with the chapter CXII from the Qur'an indicating that it probably held a spiritual, talismanic use.  

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