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An Islamic Gold, Carnelian & Lapis Bead Necklace, Fatimid Period, ca. 909 – 1171 A.D

"The ancient jewelry ornaments possess some unexplainable beauty. They seem to be submitting a clue to the understanding of the lost civilizations".   - Patti Cadby Birch ( ? - 2007)

featuring two high carat gold Ta'wiz, together with four gold biconical open filigree beads and a gold pendant centerpiece, strung with fine elliptical lapis beads, between small spacer beads of carnelian and lapis beads.  The necklace has been restrung with a solid 18k. gold clasp and is suitable for wear.

Spanning more than a millennium, the history of Islamic jewelry is both long and illustrious. The goldwork of the Fatimid era during the eleventh and twelfth centuries is the most accomplished and decoratively complex period within this history. The light, airy construction, the beautifully executed scrolls and the delicacy of the open filigree of the gold work, belies the extraordinary technical difficulties that had to be surmounted to create them.

Condition:  Three lapis beads with very minor chipping near the terminals attributed to overall wear, all beads are intact and in excellent condition.  A superb necklace!

Dimensions:  Necklace length: 41.5 cm (16.3 inches)  

Provenance:   The Estate of Patti Cadby Birch, a notable arts benefactor and art collector, and a Trustee of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.   She was particularly interested in Islamic art but also contributed to 19th-century, modern and contemporary art.   

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