A Sassanian Gold and Agate pendant
Sassanian Period, ca. 200 - 600 CE
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Agate was highly prized in ancient times for its scarcity, energy, and beauty. This lovely example of orange-brown has been centrally wrapped in sheet gold that is surmounted by a suspension loop wrapped in gold sheet over a bronze core.
This pendant undoubtedly had great value as an exquisite and luxurious object illustrating the refinement and genius of the ancient artisan. The process of extraction, transportation, and craftsmanship of these beautiful hard stones required hours of labor, and such jewelry was therefore reserved for social elites such as the royal family and high-ranking officials.
Known as the earths' rainbow, agate was used as healing amulets and ornamentation dating back to ancient Babylon and was used as a talisman to improve attention to detail, increase positivity, bring good luck, and awaken a sense of adventure. It is used to balance emotional, physical, and intellectual energy, and harmonize the positive and negative forces of the universe.
Note: This pendant is shown in the last photo with MJ2219 and is not included in this purchase.
Condition: The pendant is intact and in excellent condition overall. It is restrung as a necklace on a modern 18K gold chain that can be adjusted up to 18 inches.
Dimensions: Pendant height: 1.2 cm (0.47 inches), length: 1 cm (0.39 inches). Strung on an 18K gold chain adjustable up to 18 inches.
Provenance: Private east coast collection, acquired prior to 1979 and then by descent.