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A MAMLUK FILIGREE GOLD PENDANT
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A MAMLUK FILIGREE GOLD PENDANT

EGYPT, 14TH CENTURY

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A MAMLUK FILIGREE GOLD PENDANT
EGYPT, 14TH CENTURY
Of hexafoil form and box construction, each face worked with a central panel of seven roundels each filled with a six-pointed star of twisted wire with granulation at the joins, within a border of dense scrolling meandering waves, granulation around the edge, the sides with a band of wire-work, pierced above and below, a gold tube running through the centre, later gold pin for suspension
1¾in. (4.5cm.) diam.
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Lot Essay

A necklace of closely related beads, each a cusped hexafoil decorated with very different designs in spiralling wore work, together with a second group of closely related but slightly different beads are in the State Historical Museum, Moscow, (The Treasures of the Golden Horde, exhibition catalogue, St. Petersburg 2000, nos.459-473, pp.120 and 311-313), attributed to Egypt of the first half of the 14th century. Two further similar beads, attributed to the second half of the same century, are in the al-Sabah Colection, Kuwait (Marilyn Jenkins (ed.), Islamic Art in the Kuwait National Museum, London, 1982, p.91), while two further examples are in the National Museum, Damascus (Marilyn Jenkins, "Mamluk Jewelry: Influences and Echoes", Muqarnas V, Leiden 1988, pls. 4 and 5, p.31).

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