A Persian Star of Ishtar Gold Pendant, Achaemenid Period, ca. 550 - 330 BCE
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Ancient luxuries were precious, pleasurable, and opulent items – widely coveted and used to show power and status. Often they had traveled great distances, were difficult to acquire, or were made by skilled craftspeople. This Achaemenid pendant of high karat gold is such an example. It was manufactured by cutting out the circular form from sheet gold and punching the design using a mold.
The central raised boss highlights the incised six-ray star representing the goddess of love and war, Ishtar/Ashar, the planet Venus and also the rays of the sun. An incised decorated band encircles the periphery of the pendant and at the top is an attached suspension loop for stringing. Necklaces with similar symbols can be found on the figures of royal personages and probably served as both jewelry and talismans. Aside from its superb aesthetic appeal, this pendant was most probably worn to invoke the protection of the goddess.
Condition: The pendant is intact and in excellent condition overall. Mounted as a pendant with a fine 18K gold modern chain that can be adjusted up to 18 inches.
Dimensions: Pendant Diameter: 5/8 inch (1.6 cm)
Provenance: Henry Anavian, Sumer Gallery of Ancient Art, NYC, acquired 1970s - 1980s and then by descent to family.
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