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Pendant from the tazra necklace
Fez, Morocco
Late 19th century
Gold, cast and pierced; emeralds and rubies
Diam: 9 cm
Extended loan from Gérard Lévy, Paris
Accession number: L-B86.0121

The tazra necklace included three such pendants decorated with openwork suggesting Hispano-Moorish lattice work, showing that the reputation of the Jewish goldsmiths of Fez and Meknes for delicate workmanship was well-deserved. In the center are six pomegranate buds inlaid with semiprecious stones including rubies. Although such rubies originated elsewhere, they were commonly known as "rubies from Fez" because of the Fez jewelers' fondness for them.


From the Israel Museum publications:
Ben Ami, Alia, ed., In All Their Finery: Jewels from the Jewish World, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2002

Exhibitions:
In All Their Finery: Jewels from the Jewish World, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 01/01/2000 - 30/09/2002

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir


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