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Greek / Roman 20K Gold Jewelry - Earrings & Pendants

Gold Lotus-Palmette/Acorn Pendant: Greek, ca. 350 to 330 BCE. Other elements: Roman, Imperial period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. A collection of Classical jewelry components: two delicate earrings made from coiled strips of 20 karat gold, a hammered 20 karat gold sheet medallion, and a 20 karat gold lotus-palmette (acorn-shaped) pendant on a modern string with ancient multi-colored faience seed beads and four cylindrical 20 karat gold sheet beads. The Greek lotus-palmette/acorn pendant is particularly fine with marvelous details and granulation, as are the Roman earrings. Size of medallion: 1.75" W (4.4 cm); size of earrings: 0.5" W (1.3 cm); size of acorn pendant: 0.4" W x 1.05" H (1 cm x 2.7 cm); medallion is 0.4 grams; earrings (together) are 1.0 grams; acorn pendant is 4.0 grams

Note how the gold lotus-palmette/acorn pendant on this piece is quite similar to those featured in this Western Greek necklace in the British Museum. As described by the curatorial team, "The lotus-palmettes consist of cut-out double palmettes with enclosing lotus leaves and a rosette in the centre." - https://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details/collection_image_gallery.aspx?assetId=102542001&objectId=463142&partId=1

Condition: The lotus palmette/acorn pendant is in beautiful condition aside from a very slight bend on one side and a tiny pinhole through the center. The earrings are also in excellent condition. The cylindrical gold beads are slightly bent. The large medallion is crinkled, with some tiny holes in its surface. Faience beads are in nice condition. Modern stringing of ancient materials.

Provenance: private Ventura County, California, USA collection

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