Gold necklace with precious stones

  • Collection Number Ζ0438.1
  • Date Mid-4th century AD
    350 a.D.
  • Description Necklace consisting of seven square elements of pierced lace-like openwork gold showing arabesques, six of which contain four sapphires in oval settings and small unifying bars at their lower ends. The seventh, containing a large rectangular emerald in a platform base forms the central element of the necklace. Between the square elements are fifteen 'figure-eight' elements of two oval settings with garnets, sapphires and emeralds; in between is placed a pearl threaded on gold wire set in a smaller round element. While each element has six small thread holes at each's side, many elements also show one or more letters of the Greek alphabet.
  • Culture Cypriot
  • Period Roman period
  • Material gold, precious stones
  • Dimensions L: 36 cm / L (plaques): 2.7 cm
  • Object Provenance Polis Chrysochous (ancient Marion, Cyprus)
  • Exhbition Gallery 3rd floor / Cypriot Art