In the 9th century, hordes of nomadic Turkic
horseman living on the outskirts of the Muslim world
began to migrate westward into the heart of Central
Asia. By the 10 century, a branch known as the House
of Seljuk, arrived into mainland Persia, and settled in
the province of Khurasan. Overtime, the Seljuks
converted to Islam and began to adopt the Persian
language and culture. The arts thrived during the
Seljuk period as the Turkic rulers patronized Persian
culture, arts, and literature.
The pendant is in the shape of a tear-drop with a
heart cut out at the bottom. The decoration consists
of an incised harpy with two bird bodies. The harpy
was a common motif used on Seljuk decorative arts.
It was believed that the human headed bird carried
the deceased in Seljuk Anatolia, into the afterlife.
They were also used as symbols against evil.