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    Sale 1914

    Ancient Jewelry

    6 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 463

    A PAIR OF PARTHIAN GOLD AND GLASS EARRINGS

    CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF PARTHIAN GOLD AND GLASS EARRINGS
    CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.
    Each with a hinged strap hoop, also hinged on the underside to the back of an elaborate pendant in the form of a three-handled "amphora," granulation along the lengths of the handles, a thin horizontal rectangular bezel above framed by granulation and set with glass, the conical "vessel mouth" with granulated pyramids, the vessel body embellished with granulation, including pyramids, arches and lines, a band of filigree ropes above six small loops, each supporting a larger ring with a pomegranate-shaped pendant, a small loop at the base of the vessel, perhaps originally also supporting a pendant; with modern gold earwires
    2 in. (5.1 cm.) long (2)


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    Provenance

    American Private Collection, 1980s.