Lot 44: Fatimid Ring
November 30, 2016
Boston, MA, USALive Auction
Description: 9th-11th century
The small turquoise is encircled by five filigree twisted wires, with a thin gold wire holding tiny seed pearls (replaced) passing through the points of the star. The large ring is typical of the craftsmanship of Fatimid goldsmiths, who often worked in southern Spain and were renowned for their ornate style jewelry with filigree and globule decoration. The six-pointed star, a familiar symbol in Islamic art, was believed to ward off bad luck.
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Provenance: European Private Collection, since the 1990s.
Dimensions: Bezel 15 x 17 x 7 mm.; circumference 62 mm.; US size 10; UK size T
Medium: Gold, turquoise, pearls