Gold plaque; two sheets of gold soldered together; projects to a point; disk soldered in centre; finely granulated bands between two circles of globules, enclosing carnelian cut into form of a lotus-flower; the two projections are decorated respectively with a rosette of rather larger globules and a heart shaped garnet in a gold setting; bordered with a beaded wire between two plain wires; at the ends are two semicircular decorations in beaded wire and globules; below the central projection hangs a mask of a river god, horned and bearded, in the back of which is set in oval green stone; four chains hang from the bottom, with a fifth hanging from below the river god mask; small beads and reels on gold wire links ending in flowerets and globule clusters; three small rings for attachment soldered to either side of ornament.
- 1stC AD – 4thC AD
- Length: 7.1 centimetres
- Weight: 252 grains
The ornament is a modern mixture of various ancient elements. The garnet is Roman, the central ornament, if antique, early Etruscan. The head of the river-god is probably not antique, but in any case purports to be archaic.
Not on display
Greek & Roman Antiquities
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Object reference number: GAA70819
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