8 December 2005
A SYRIAN GOLD AND BANDED AGATE PENDANT
CIRCA 1700 B.C.
The oval agate bead with a pointed tip; threaded by a plain gold wire loop to a hemispherical cap of thin sheet gold embellished with three bands of double rows of granulation flanking a plain wire, looped to a ring of plain wire, its tapering ends overlapping and wrapped spirally around itself; joined to an ancient-style gold loop-in-loop chain
1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm.) long
European Private Collection, 1990s.
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For two similar pendants, see no. 111, pl. 182 in Weiss, ed., Ebla to Damascus, Art and Archaeology of Ancient Syria.
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