Few works with enamels have survived from the early Islamic period. The fabrication of this pendant is typical of Fatimid goldsmiths’ craftsmanship: boxlike construction, gold stringing loops, openwork design with a strip support, S-shaped filler elements, and paired twisted wires. The enamels had to be secured to the back with an adhesive after the object was finished.
Dr. Ulrike Al-Khamis’s Lecture on the origins, aspirations, and cultural achievements of the Fatimids
Ismaili Centre Toronto: Book Launch & Exhibition Tour with Dr. Shainool Jiwa – The Fatimids: The Rise of a Muslim Empire