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tablet / pendant / case

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Gold tablet with an Orphic inscription and the pendant case that contained it. The inscription warns the soul not to drink from a particular spring in Hades, but to seek one by the Lake of Memory, where, after drinking, it shall be equal with other souls.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 2ndC-3rdC (case)
    • 3rdC BC-2ndC BC (tablet)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 27.9 centimetres (chain)
    • Length: 3.5 centimetres (case)
    • Length: 4.5 centimetres (tablet)
    • Weight: 182.2 grains (total)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

  • Bibliography

    • Jewellery 3155 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G69/dc2

  • Exhibition history


    2005 11 Apr-10 Jul, Seoul Arts Centre, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2005 25 Jul-8 Oct, Busan Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2005 27 Oct-2006 31 Jan, Haengso Museum, Keimyung University, Daegu, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2006 18 Mar-4 Jun, Beijing, Capital Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2007 3 Feb-27 May, Taipei, National Palace Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2007 14 Sep-2 Dec, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2009 1 May-20 Sep, Victoria, Royal BC Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2009 11 Dec-2010 10 May, Madrid, Canal de Isabel II, Treasures of the World's Cultures

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number



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