Chinese chichak-style helmet, Ming Dynasty
Tiger Chinese Child’s Hat
Tibetan Prayer Boxes and jewels
Group of eight-pointed star tiles. Fritware (stonepaste), painted in blue and lustre over an opaque white glaze.
Asia, Iran,Central Iran, Isfahan (province), Kashan, Date :1260-80
Gazelle, Egypt. c1390–1353 B.C.E. This delicate ivory gazelle stands on a wooden pedestal with inlaid decoration depicting plants that allude to the animal’s semi-desert habitat. The ears have broken off and the horns, probably of another material, are missing.
Late 15th century, steel, engraved and damascened with silver; copper alloy ”This turban helmet … is fixed with a lead seal stamped with the mark used in the Ottoman arsenals, an indication that this [helmet] passed into Turkish possession as booty with the Ottoman conquest of Iran and the Caucasus.” (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Saddle bags, Chilote Indians, Chile.
The Jewelry of Jewish Brides in Northern Yemen In northern Yemen, close to the border with Saudi Arabia, Jewish communities were scattered among remote towns and villages. Many of the Jews were silversmiths, and the silver jewelry they produced using the filigree and granulation techniques differed in style and motifs from that created in other parts of Yemen.
Worn on holidays and in ceremonies, the set of jewelry shown here created a shining silver frame around the woman’s face. The labbeh necklace adorning her forehead was also worn around the neck. From their wedding until their death, Jewish women wore their hair in two braids decorated with silver hoops ('aluj), and were bedecked with jewelry, most of which was concealed under wraps and scarves.
Lusterware, a type of ceramic named after lustrous, glinting finish that was achieved by a particular kind of glaze. The town of Kashan gave its name to the Persian word for tile; kashi. It was one of the principal and most famous centers for the production of fine pottery and tiles between the 12th and 14th centuries.