Lady Layard's Necklace
- Lady Layard's Necklace
Lady Layard's necklace: the gold settings are decorated with chevron borders which imitates Late Assyrian cylinder seals, and included Assyrian lions' heads and 'pine-cone' motifs.
- 1869 (Date of manufacture of the gold settings and make-up of the necklace)
- Length: 49.7 centimetres (necklace)
- Length: 6.79 centimetres (ear-ring)
- Length: 6.58 centimetres (ear-ring)
- Height: 6.88 centimetres (bracelet)
- Width: 7.39 centimetres (bracelet)
Sir Austin Henry Layard married in March 1869 at the age of 52. His 25-year-old bride was Enid, daughter of Charlotte Guest, Layard's cousin, old friend and long-time supporter. As a wedding present, Layard had a number of seals which he had acquired during his travels made up into a necklace, bracelet (1913,0208.1) and two earrings (1913,0208.2 & 1913,0208.3) in these Victorian gold settings. A portrait (1980,1216.1) shows Enid wearing the jewellery, and she wrote in her diary that, when they dined with Queen Victoria in 1873, it was 'much admired'.
See also C. Gere & J. Rudoe, 'Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria: A Mirror to the World', London, British Museum, 2010, fig. 368, p.394.
On display: G55/dc15
2013 22 Jun-2014 6 Jan, Toronto, Royal Ontario Museum, 'Mesopotamia, Inventing Our World'
2013 30 Jan-13 May, Museum of History, Hong Kong, 'The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia'
2012 4 May-7 Oct, Melbourne Museum, 'The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia'
2011 28 March-26 June, Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat, 'Splendours of Mesopotamia'
2008 21 Sept-2009 4 Jan, Boston, MFA, 'Art and Empire'
2006 1 Jul-7 Oct, Shanghai Museum, 'Art and Empire'
2004 15 Oct-2005 16 Jan, London, Leighton House Museum and Linley Sambourne House, 'The Price of Beauty: Edward Long's 'Babylonian Marriage Market'
1993 18 Nov-1994 15 Jan, France, Paris, Musée du Louvre, '150 ème Anniversaire de la Decouverte des Assyriens'
Report to the Director by Budge, dated 30 April 1914
- cylinder seal; bracelet (1913,0208.1; 105111; 115656)
- ear-ring; cylinder seal (1913,0208.2; 105112; 115656)
- ear-ring; cylinder seal (1913,0208.3; 105113; 115656)
- cylinder seal (1913,0208.4; 105114; 115656)
- cylinder seal (1913,0208.5; 105115; 115656)
- cylinder seal (1913,0208.6; 105116; 115656)
- cylinder seal (1913,0208.7; 105117; 115656)
- cylinder seal (1913,0208.8; 105118; 115656)
- cylinder seal (1913,0208.9; 105119; 115656)
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Object reference number: WCO147065
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