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GJ1302

A pair of Greek Gold Dove Earrings, Hellenistic Period, ca 3rd - 1st century BC

each earring of disk and pendant form with a cast dove on a triangular pedestal, the disc above is attached to a high-rising hook, bent from plain wire that is wound into a loop at the lower end, suspending the dove.   The pan shaped disc has a shallow petalled rosette of twisted wire with small gold ball at the center, the disk is fringed with beaded wire and supports a hollow dove, the body cast and the small and delicately incised wings cut from sheet gold, attached later.

The dove is positioned on a triangular platform, the point topped with a granule, the edges decorated with spiral wire to create three panels.  Each panel contains granulation that is enhanced by a border of spiral wire.  Just Superb!

Condition:  surface scratches and dents, the wings of the dove bent, some soil encrustation remaining and some granulation missing to the panels.  Otherwise, intact and in very good condition overall. 

Dimensions:  Overall drop length: 4.4 cm (1.7 inches)

Provenance:  Vernon Pick private collection, acquired in the 1950's and then by descent.

 

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