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This bracelet is a very beautiful example of Seljuk jewellery. With its twisted body (Shank), and finely crafted ends (in the shape of four hemispheres around the clasp of cartouche-shaped), with granulation, adorned with fine chisel, this bracelet represents a very high level of craftsmanship. Probably produced by an Anatolian workshop and not by an Iranian one, considering that at the beginning of the century, the great Seljuk empire fell under the rule of the Mongols, interrupting for some time the extremely rich production of goods from Iran. It is likely that, because of their beauty, craftsmanship and fine materials, this bracelet was worn by an affluent member of society.
8 cm diam.
59 gr. weight
Finds of bracelets comprising graduated twisted shanks were made in Syria (Al-‘Ush, Abu’l-Faraj, Musée Nationale de Damas, Départment des Antiquités Islamiques, Damascus, 1976, p. 207, fig. 118). It has also been reported that in Gurgan, in Northern Iran, bracelets of this type have been found (M. Jenkins and M. Keene, Islamic Jewelry in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1982, no. 22)