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Strap chain with one decorated terminal preserved

Ptolemaic Period
332–30 B.C.
Country of Origin Egypt
L. 44.5 cm (17 1/2 in); W. 3 cm (1 3/16 in)
Credit Line:
Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134
'Straps' consist of two or more loop-in-loop chains fastened side-by-side. This one consists of fourteen chains held together by linking wires at regular intervals.

The terminal is decorated with the scene of an offering royal sphinx in an Egyptian shrine above a lotiform design, the scene elaborated in filigree using flattened wire and with small pieces of hammered sheet. The orientation of the scene suggests the terminal was made to hang vertically.
Formerly Theodore M. Davis Collection. Bequeathed to the Museum by Davis, 1915; accessioned, 1930.

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