Eastern Iran, Khurasan
gold sheet and wire, with repoussé, engraved and niello-inlaid decoration
diameter 6.7cm; weight 65.9g
The pyramidal bezel covering the clasp was once set with a stone, now missing; to either side is the figure of a crouching lion with long curling tail. The hoop has dragons’-head terminals. It was originally set with two stones in high collets, but one collet and both stones are now missing.
The hoop bears benedictory inscriptions in cursive script, and the underside of the bezel has a lozenge filled with the name ‘Ali four time in seal Kufic.
M. Spink and J. Ogden, The Art of Adornment. Jewellery of the Islamic World, Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, volume XVII, Part One, London 2013, cat.262, p.298.
J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.83, pp.84–5.