London, South Kensington
29 October 2003
A PAIR OF HELLENISTIC GOLD AND GARNET PENDANT PYRAMID EARRINGS
CIRCA LATE 2ND CENTURY B.C.
Each composed of a rosette disc elaborately decorated with concentric circles of granules, plain and beaded wire, and an outer border of 'sunburst' rays, all surrounding a central cabochon garnet inlay, hung on either side by a loop-in-loop pendant chain terminating in a collared tear-drop amphora, flanking a large central inverted pendant pyramid, hooked ear wires behind
1½ in. (3.7 cm.) long max. (2)
Acquired in 1960.
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Cf. F. H. Marshall, Catalogue of the Jewellery, Greek, Etruscan, and Roman, The British Museum, London, 1969, p. 213, pl. XXXIV, no. 1948 for a necklace with similar tear-drop pendants.
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