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A SELJUK GOLD RING
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A SELJUK GOLD RING

PERSIA, LATE 12TH/EARLY 13TH CENTURY

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A SELJUK GOLD RING
Persia, late 12th/early 13th Century
The circular bezel with central openwork field of two confronted birds within a four-lobed cartouche surrounded by a raised border of spiralling arabesques and with four pseudo-claws, the shoulders in the form of human figures holding a crescent shape engraved with arabesques, shank replaced, rubbing to high points
5/8in. (1.7cm.) high
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Lot Essay

This elaborate ring, almost Gothic in feel, is very similar to a worn example in the L.A.Mayer Memorial Institute for Islamic Art (Hasson, Rachel: Early Islamic Jewellery, Jerusalem, 1987, no.56, p.49). Another similar is in New York (Jenkins, Marilyn and Keene, Manuel: Islamic Jewelry in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1982, no.31). A further very large example was sold in these Rooms 28 April 1998, lot 311. The shoulders of this ring are very similar to the harpies supporting a pottery lustre dish dated AH 611 (1214 AD) (Bahrami, M.: Gurgan Faiences, Cairo, 1949, pl.LVII).
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