Considered a luxury art, most ancient Parthian jewelry was made from precious metals such as gold and silver, and semi-precious stones were often inlaid into the jewelry, as seen here. Additionally, Greek motifs, such as grape clusters or kraters, often found their way into Parthian art. This example features a gold shield decorated with a central inlaid carnelian surrounded by a twisted wire outline and a circle of granules, attached to a large cone-shaped krater below, with bands of twisted wire and embossed spheres.
Dimensions: Overall drop length: 2.36 inches (6 cm)
Conditions: Intact and in very good condition overall
Provenance: Deaccessioned from the Living Torah Museum, Brooklyn, in 2014.
Published: Rabbi Shaul Shimon Deutsch, The Living Torah Museum: Parashah Series, Israel (2013), front cover.