This was either a belt or horse bridle, thought to have been made in the royal workshop (due to the quality) in the 15th century in Granada, Spain. It is made of gilt copper with filigree, granulation and cloisonné enamel. The ornaments would have been threaded onto a leather belt, which can be seen in the side view- The detail of the larger ornament- Detail of another ornament- All of the ornaments have different decorations. The ornaments can be seen at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
These are earring elements, made of filigree gold and enamel. The 14th century elements are 3cm long and made of spiralling gold wire, the central band with cloisonné enamel lettering on a ground of gold spirals above a minor band of zigzags, the lower hemispherical portion with heart shaped gold spirals. The earrings were sold by Christies for £18,800 ($29,779).
This necklace is late 15th-16th century, made of filigreed and granulated gold with cloisonné enamel. While this was made by Nasrid craftsmen, the inscription is Latin- “Hail Mary, full of Grace” meaning it would have been made for a Christian. The medallion is 7.6 x 0.5 cm, the lotus bud is 8.4 x 5.2 x 0.5 cm with the largest of the cylinder beads 4.8 x 1.7 cm and the smallest 2.5 x 1.3 cm. It is currently in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
This is a locket from a sword belt, made of gilded copper alloy, with granulation and cloisonné enamel. Thought to have been made between 1492-1550, it has a meaningless Arabic inscription. Most likely this was a trophy made from the “Reconquista” of Spain. It has a height of 7.3 cm, width of 14.6 cm and depth of 1.4 cm. The item is currently in the Victoria & Albert Museum.
The Survival of Nasrid Granada during the Reconquest by Marcel Abou-Assaly. Via Medievalists.net.
Moorish Spain by Richard Fletcher. Via Google Books.
The Art of Islamic Spain by Patricia, Countess Jellicoe. Via Saudi Aramco World.
The Muslims of Valencia in the Age of Fernando and Isabel by Mark D. Meyerson. Via Google Books.
Muqarnas edited by Gulru Necipoglu. Via Google Books.
This is a 15th century leather Qur’an case, embroidered with gilt-silver wire. Thought to have belonged to one of the Nasrid rulers, it is unclear who it did belong to. The inscription on the front says “There is no conqueror but God” which is repeated on the back.
It is 10.8 x 12.4 cm or 4 1/4 x 4 7/8 inches. Under the flap is embroidered a right hand, palm up.
Currently in the Metropolitan Museum of Art but is not on show.
The Nasrid dynasty ruled the kingdom of Granada, the last of the Muslim kingdoms of Spain or the Al-Andalus. The jewel in the Nasrid crown is, of course, the Alhambra, but other items remain to be studied and enjoyed.
This is a silk textile, 102 x 36.3 cm in a lampas weave. Very similar to a tiraz band, there is black kufic script, which translates as “beatitude” while in the small cartouches, in nakshi script, reads “good luck and prosperity”. Currently in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
This is a wool carpet, woven in the first half of the 15th century and is 3.10 x 1.69 m. Also found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
This is a curving x-frame chair, 100 x 68.5 x 48cm. Made from hardwood, with silver and bone inlaid in geometric floral patterns and stars. The leather has been replaced though. Sold at Christies for £385,250 or $627,187.
If interested, this site shows how to make an x-frame chair.