14 avril 2017

A clear glass bottle, Iran, 9th-10th century

Lot 25. A clear glass bottle, Iran, 9th-10th century. Estimate 5,000 - GBP 8,000 (USD 6,280 - USD 10,048). © Christie’s Images Limited 2017. Of globular form, with elongated faceted neck, intact; 6in. (15.3cm.) high Christie's. Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds Including Oriental Rugs and Carpets, 27 April 2017, London, King Street
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03 avril 2017

Ring with Seated Lion, Iran, 12th century

Ring with Seated Lion, Iran, 12th century. Gold; inlaid with black organic compound. H. 7/8 in. (2.2 cm) W. 13/16 in. (2.1 cm) D. 5/8 in. (1.6 cm) Wt. 0.3 oz. (8.5 g). Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, 2007, 2007.344 © 2000–2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This ring with molded lion and the niello inscription—which employs a black organic compound—of the words “glory” and “prosperity” demonstrate the ubiquity of the imagery of power and protection in Seljuq art.
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03 avril 2017

Ring, Iran, 12th century

Ring, Iran, 12th century. Gold; cast and fabricated from sheet, decorated with bitumen-highlighted incising, set with tourmaline bead. H. 15/16 in. (2.4 cm) W. 3/4 in. (1.9 cm) D. 1/2 in. (1.3 cm) Wt. 0.2 oz. (5.7 g). The Alice and Nasli Heeramaneck Collection, Gift of Alice Heeramaneck, 1980, 1980.541.6 © 2000–2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This ring with a tourmaline bead conforms to a popular design worn by Seljuq men but sometimes presented to women as love tokens.
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03 avril 2017

Ring with Human Figures Flanking the Tree of Life, Iran, 12th century

Ring with Human Figures Flanking the Tree of Life, Iran, 12th century. Gold; cast and fabricated from sheet, granulation, filigree, gold wire. Diameter: 1 in. (2.5 cm) © Benaki Museum, Athens (ΓΕ 1888) These rings represent two styles of production that were worn by many people in Seljuq Iran. The example with the tourmaline bead conforms to a popular design worn by Seljuq men but sometimes presented to women as love tokens. While the ring with filigree and granulation is related by technique to gold jewelry from Fatimid Egypt and... [Lire la suite]
03 avril 2017

Necklace, Iran, 11th-12th century

Necklace, Iran, 11th-12th century. Gold sheet; granulation, twisted wire. Necklace: Circ. 15 3/4 in. (40 cm) Wt. 3.5 oz. (100 g) Each bead: Diam. 1/2 in. (1.3 cm). Purchase, Hess Foundation Gift, 1972, 1972.188.3 © 2000–2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Both men and women wore silver and gold necklaces in Seljuq times, but this resembles a woman’s choker. This necklace consists of twenty-three hollow beads made of gold sheet, each with twelve facets and a central hole in each side surrounded by twisted gold wire.
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03 avril 2017

Necklace, Iran, 11th century

Necklace, Iran, 11th century. Gold; granulation. H. 16 in. (40.6 cm) W. Lg. bead 7/8 in. (2.2 cm) D. Lg. bead 1 in. (2.5 cm) Wt. 5.1 oz. (144.6 g). Gift of Mrs. Jacob M. Kaplan, 1972, 972.218.1 © 2000–2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Both men and women wore silver and gold necklaces in Seljuq times, but these resemble women’s chokers. The spherical gold beads of this necklace would have been formed by hammering gold sheet into a stone with a hemispherical depression and soldering the two halves together.
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03 avril 2017

Roundel, Iran, 11th century

Roundel, Iran, 11th century. Gold; filigree, granulation. Diam. 2 13/16 in. (7.1 cm) D. 3/16 in. (0.5 cm) Wt. 0.9 oz. (25.5 g). The Alice and Nasli Heeramaneck Collection, Gift of Alice Heeramaneck, 1980, 1980.344 © 2000–2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This splendid gold roundel exemplifies the refinement of Seljuq goldsmithing by virtue of its construction and combination of techniques. The filigree on the surface is laid on a ground of thin, gold strips arranged in concentric circles, a technique influenced by... [Lire la suite]
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03 avril 2017

Riding Coat, Iran, first half 13th century

Riding Coat, Iran, first half 13th century. Silk; weft-faced compound twill (samite). Textile: H. 68 7/8 in. (175 cm) W. across sleeves: 50 3/8 in. (128 cm) W. across skirt: 37 in. (94 cm). Purchase, Director's Fund and Oscar de la Renta Ltd. Gift, 2008, 2008.346a–c © 2000–2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In addition to gold jewelry, affluent people during the Seljuq period and slightly later wore sumptuous silk robes. This coat is identified as a riding coat because of its cut, featuring a flare at the hip. The closing of the... [Lire la suite]
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03 avril 2017

Robe, Iran, 11th–12th century

Robe, Iran, 11th–12th century. Silk; weft-faced compound twill. Overall with mounting: 56 7/8 × 27 15/16 × 12 3/16 in. (144.5 × 71 × 31 cm) Overall without mounting: 48 13/16 × 27 15/16 × 12 3/16 in. (124 × 71 × 31 cm). © The Sarikhani Collection, Oxfordshire  (I.TXT.1021) One mark of an elegant man was the refinement and opulence of his dress. The pattern of this silk robe consists of roundels containing confronted geese flanking a tree. The inscription band enclosing the roundel reads “Glory, prosperity and victory.” While... [Lire la suite]
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30 janvier 2017

Lid, Attributed to Iran, 12th–13th century

Lid, Attributed to Iran, 12th–13th century. Earthenware; white slip-covered, carved decoration under a monochrome glaze (Garrus ware). H. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm) Diam. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm). Purchase, Edward C. Moore Jr. Gift, 1927 (27.13.4) © 2000–2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  This bowl belongs to a group known as Garrus ware, named after a district southwest of the Caspian Sea, where examples were reportedly found. They epitomize two of the most typical Garrus ware designs: vegetal motifs within interlaced frameworks, and... [Lire la suite]
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