London, South Kensington
28 April 2004
A ROMAN GOLD AND GARNET 'WINGED THUNDERBOLT' PENDANT
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.
With central pair of filigree gold wings either side of a diamond-shaped garnet inlay, flanked by three tear-shaped garnet inlays in lotiform gold setting, between which lie two acanthus leaf calyxes from which emerge two pairs of rigid spirally twisted gold wires, attachment loops on reverse
1 7/8 in. (4.6 cm.) across
Formerly in the collection of Herrn. H. A. Bense-Brand: acquired from Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Basel; sold Sotheby's London, 14 December 1995, lot 232.
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Cf. F. H. Marshall, Catalogue of the Jewellery, Greek, Etruscan and Roman, The British Museum, London, 1969, pp. 360-361, no. 3015, pl. LXX for a similar pendant with glass paste inlays.
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