An Important Persian Eye Agate Pectoral, Parthian Period, ca. 1st century BCE - 1st century CE
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The form of the pectoral and the method of inlaying are characteristic of Parthian jewelry, with such objects usually dating between the 1st and 3rd centuries. For a less elaborate example set as part of a necklace, see British Museum, object #W_1965-0215-1, https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/W_1965-0215-1.
Condition: The pectoral is intact and in excellent condition overall. One of the garnet inlays replaced with glass in antiquity, and two small chips to the central agate professionally restored. A large, unique and truly stunning example.
Dimensions: Length: 2 3/4 inches (7.2 cm), Width: 2 5/8 inches (6.6 cm)
Provenance: Private Australian collection acquired from the London trade in the early 1960s, thence by descent, thereafter private Virginia collection.
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