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Achaemenid Silver Bracelet w/ Ram's Heads Terminals

Ancient Near East, Achaemenid Persian Empire, ca. 550 to 330 BCE. An elegant cast silver bracelet with two abstract, ram-headed terminals. Each ram head has curled horns that lay down against the sides of its head; a bulbous, round bump rises from the top of each head. The sides and tops of the ram's bodies have cast, abstract decorations. Size: 2.5" W (6.4 cm); 29 grams

The Achaemenid love of silver and gold was famous throughout the ancient world. Plato wrote of how the acquisition of gold and silver was considered a virtue while Alcibiades, another Athenian, wrote of the enormous wealth in gold and silver that the Persians had. In a society where flaunting wealth was important, a silver bracelet like this one would have been a prized possession, demonstrating the high social status of its wearer.

Condition: One area of cracking near center. Slight bending to form as shown. Remaining detail is in nice condition

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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