1 May 2001
A SMALL INSCRIBED GOLD BEAD
Persia, 10th Century
The spherical bead with upper and lower collar inscribed in very elegant benedictory kufic inlaid with black composition around the middle, very slight loss of composition
5/16in. (0.9cm.) high
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This exquisite small bead is very similar in execution to a miniature wallet attibutable to tenth century Persia in the al-Sabah Collection (Jenkins, Marilyn: Islamic Art in the Kuwait National Museum, London, 1983, p.33).
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