Object Number:31-50-212
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Israel
Beth Shean
Archaeology Area: CN 270, monastery, Room H
Locus: C.N. 270, monastery, Room H
Period: Byzantine
Date Made: 550-599 CE
Early Date: 550
Late Date: 599
Section:Near Eastern
Height: 2 cm
Length: 88 cm
Credit Line:Expedition to Beth Shean (Beisan); Clarence Fisher, 1931
Other Number:30-10-366 - Field No SF


Medallion, 32 flat links and a fragment of another link, and a small chain.

Fitzgerald: "The finest single object found in the whole course of our excavations is undoubtedly the gold chain which lay at the floor level of room H.... It consists of a central medallion 2 cm in diameter with a filigree pattern and links of thin gold, 2.3 cm in length, in the form of conventionalized flowers ornamented with small perforations and finely incised lines. A thin tongue projecting from the crescent-shaped end of each link passes through a hole near the rounded end of the next and is bent back to form a loop/. A very fine chain of doubled gold wire is attached to one of the ends, which has broken off; the other end is lost but we may assume that there were originally seventeen links on each side of the medallion and that the complete chain fell little, if at all, short of a meter in length.”

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Magnificent Objects (06 May 2004 - Mar 2005) View Objects in Exhibition
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[Book] Fitzgerald, Gerald M. 1939. A Sixth Century Monastery at Beth-Shan.. The University Museum. Vol. IV. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Plate III, Fig. 1; Page 10, GoldView Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue] Mevorah, David, and Israeli, Yael. 2000. Cradle of Christianity.. Jerusalem. The Israel Museum. pg. 232 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 94View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Quick, Jennifer. 2004. Magnificent Objects from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. ed. 1st. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 153View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Dorling Kindersley Limited. 2014. History of the World in 1,000 Objects.. London. Dorling Kindersley Limited. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 131View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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