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Necklace

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Object Number:MS2543
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Etruscan
Provenience: Italy
Date Made: 699-600BC
Early Date: -699
Late Date: -600
Section:Mediterranean
Materials:Gold
Amber
Bone
Length: 39.37 cm
Other Number:1272 - Stevenson Etruscan Series Number

Description

The necklace has several components made of gold, amber and glass (possibly bone or stone but glass seems most likely). There are twelve torus-shaped, longitudinally fluted gold beads 6mm in length and a gold mounted light blue scarab. The mount frames the inscribed base of the scarab with a rolled over edge forming an oval window. The sides go up vertically and meet the top half, the ends of which are slid beneath the bottom sides. The top has an oval window similar to the bottom (but without rolled edges) which is covered by another strip of gold. The string of the necklace goes through the scarab and through gold bugle-shaped mounts on either side. These bugles only have a top which tapers toward the center top of the scarab. The pouint of juncture is covered by a small plate with embossed decoration; on either side is a dot within a circle surrounded by dots. There are also dots along the ridge along the two bugles. On either side of the scarab are a total of 13 bottle-shaped amber pendants of four different sizes and shapes. All have two string holes, one running widthwise through neck and another from top to bottom. A few have neck rings while the smallest have a transversely fluted top. All of them are quite weathered except for the smallest group, which may prove to be a modern addition. The rest of the necklace length is composed of brown amber flat edged and yellow glass (?) round edged annular beads. The scarab has been identified by Mr. Weinstein of the Egypt Dept. as XXVI Dynasty but inscription unreadable unles taken out of mount. Broken into 2.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Five Thousand Years of Vanity (06 Jan 1944 - 28 Feb 1944) View Objects in Exhibition
Classical Gallery: Etruscan (1975 - 2000) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Chapter] Nagy, Helen, and Bell, Sinclair, and Turfa, Jean M. 2009. "Etruscan Gold from Cerveteri (and Elsewhere) in the University of Pennsylvania Museum". New Perspectives on Etruria and Early Rome: In Honor of Richard De Puma. Madison. University of Wisconsin Press. pg. 91-118 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 93View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue, Collection] Luce, Stephen B. 1921. Catalogue of the Mediterranean Section.. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p.210, no.33View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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