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* A Hellenistic Gold and Garnet Necklace, Hellenistic Period, ca. 3rd- 1st Century BC
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* A Hellenistic Gold and Garnet Necklace, Hellenistic Period, ca. 3rd- 1st Century BC

Composed of garnet spheres, interspersed with ribbed spherical gold beads, two gold triangle-shaped pendants, two small gold granulated pendants, two spherical dome pendants, one being ribbed and a central pomegranate pendant. 

During the Hellenistic period, the Greek world was flooded with gold. Greece itself had few sources of gold, and those had been depleted by the late Classical period. Alexander the Great’s conquest of the Persian Empire, which included Egypt, made vast resources of gold available for the first time. The various royal courts of Alexander’s successors, including the Ptolemies in Egypt, comprised a wealthy clientele with a taste for luxury, which, in combination with this new abundance of gold, led to an immense outpouring of gold jewelry.  

Dimensions:  Length:  15 3/4 inches (40 cm)

Condition:Intact and in excellent condition overall.

Provenance:   Private German collection, acquired in the 1960's.

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