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    Sale 1914

    Ancient Jewelry

    6 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 380

    A CARTHAGINIAN GOLD PENDANT

    CIRCA 6TH CENTURY B.C.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A CARTHAGINIAN GOLD PENDANT
    CIRCA 6TH CENTURY B.C.
    Shrine-shaped, in Egyptianizing style, with uraei flanking a granulated "bottle idol" upon an altar with a cavetto cornice, a large granule in the center of the cornice, bordered with two rows of granulation framing plain wire, surmounted by a ribbed suspension loop
    1 3/16 in. (3 cm.) long


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    For two nearly identical pendants see pp. 374 and 376 in Moscati, et al., The Phoenicians.

    The origin of the "bottle idol" is unclear, but is perhaps based on cremation urns used in the tophet, or child burial ground.

    Provenance

    French Collection, 1985.