|c. 4th century BCE|
A classic yet rare pair of “rope bracelets” adorned with lion heads “Rope bracelet” is the term often used to describe jewelry of this type, variations of which have been worn by numerous cultures over many centuries. Bracelets might be simple smooth ropes, twisted ropes, and could be uncapped or display a variety of terminals.
One of the most interesting variations is in the use of zoomorphic terminals. Depending on the culture and era, the terminals might depict the full animal or only the head, as with the lion's heads on this pair.
Both forms have been found among rope bracelets from the Achaemenid Empire, but their jewelry tended to have a more elaborately curved shape, rather than the simple circular profile of the pair seen here. The circular shape is thought to be associated with later Greek designs, though some circular bracelets have been attributed to the Achaemenid culture.
This pair of gold bracelets is nearly identical to a gold and silver pair, attributed to the early 4th century BCE Bosporan Kingdom, a Hellenistic state on the Taman Peninsula. That pair was found in Panticapaeum, and is now in the collection of the Hermitage State Museum in Russia.
|Location of Origin: Asia|
|Dimensions: 3” (7.6 cm) in Diameter|
|Primary Classification: Ancient Art, Antiquities : Near Eastern / Middle Eastern Antiquities|
|Secondary Classification: Jewelry for Sale : Medieval Jewelry, Ancient Jewelry, Islamic Jewelry|
|Analytical Tests: XRF Analysis and Uranium, Thorium-Helium Dated|
|Provenance: Purchased in Macau in 1988|
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