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A MESOPOTAMIAN ELECTRUM TORQUE AND PENDANT
A MESOPOTAMIAN ELECTRUM TORQUE AND PENDANT

EARLY DYNASTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 2550-2400 B.C.

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A MESOPOTAMIAN ELECTRUM TORQUE AND PENDANT
EARLY DYNASTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 2550-2400 B.C.
The torque formed from two separately-made bronze cores each wrapped with ribbed electrum sheet, both with the plain terminals coiled back, the two pinned together near the terminals and along the length, now joined to a pendant formed from two lengths of wire twisted together to form a vertical center, the four ends each coiled into cones, the whole forming a quadruple spiral, framed in a circle of wire, square in section, and joined to a triple ribbed suspension loop
6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm.) wide
Provenance
Antiquities, Christie's, London, 10 July 1974, lot 237.

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Lot Essay

For the pendant, compare the gold examples from the Royal Cemetery of Ur, now in the British Museum, pls. 9-10 in K.R. Maxwell-Hyslop, Western Asiatic Jewellery, c. 3000-612 BC.

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