Historical period(s)
12th century
Gold with turquoise and pearls
H x W: 3.7 x 2 cm (1 7/16 x 13/16 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Jewelry and Ornament, Metalwork


Iran, kufic script
Provenance research underway.

This ring, fashioned from a gold sheet, is hollow.  Arabic inscriptions in kufic script rendered in niello decorate the two side panels and the central panels of the front and back of the ring.  The three inscriptions read, "Good fortune and blessing and blessing and joy and sovereignty.  Blessing and good fortune and..."  The niello decoration of this ring is typical of eleventh and twelfth-century Iranian jewelry.

Published References
  • Dr. Esin Atil, W. Thomas Chase, Paul Jett. Islamic Metalwork in the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington, 1985. p. 81.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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