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jewellery-case / chain / bracelet

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  • Description

    Bracelet; gold; decorated in the Assyrian style with applied and enamelled figures in a chariot, hunting lions; palm tree to left and two vultures hovering above; enamelled in blue, gold, red and green; flat, hinged band with snap fastening and safety chain; the back plain with borders of engraved foliate ornament; contained in the original dark, red leather case with blue silk lining.


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1872
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 3.1 centimetres
    • Width: 6.4 centimetres
    • Height: 6.8 centimetres (case)
    • Width: 8.2 centimetres (case)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Comment

        Applied diamond design registration mark for 8.7.1872, bundle no.6.
  • Curator's comments

    For full discussion of this piece and the original design registration drawings, see J. Rudoe, 'Assyrian-style Jewellery', Antique Collector April 1989. pgs 42-48. Fig. 3. The scene is copied loosely from one of the Ashurbanipal lion hunt reliefs in the BM.
    See also J. Rudoe, 'Henry Layard et les arts decoratifs du style "Nineve" en Angleterre' in 'De Korsabad a Paris, La decouvert des Assyriens', ed. E. Fontan. Paris 1994, pp.260-73, pls. 6-7 (published by the Louvre as a volume of essays to accompany an exhibition at the Louvre).
    For a more recent account of the Assyrian revival in jewellery, see C. Gere & J. Rudoe, 'Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria: A Mirror to the World', London, British Museum, 2010, pp. 387-397 (the bracelet is illustrated as fig. 363, p.393).


  • Location

    On display: G47/dc9

  • Exhibition history

    2000 8 Jun-15 Oct, Sweden, Stockholm, Nationalmuseum, Excellent Jewellery From Five Centuries

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  • Acquisition notes

    The design for this bracelet was registered as one of seven similar designs on 8/7/1872 by J F Backes & Sons (Patent Office Register of Ornamental Designs BT 43/32); the donors are the current successors of this firm. For circumstances of acquisition and gift by Backes & Strauss, seee object file.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number



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