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The inspiration for this type of jewellery comes from two stone reliefs of the ninth century B.C. from the throne room of Ashurnasirpal in the great palace at Nimrud, discovered by Sir Austin Henry Layard. These were displayed at the British Museum in the 1840's. Line drawings of the scenes on the reliefs were published in 1849. For further information see H. Tate, The Art of the Jewller, A catalogue of the Hull Grundy Gift to the British Museum, London, 1984. Vol.I, p.145 - 146.