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Strap chain with one decorated terminal preserved

Period:
Ptolemaic Period
Date:
332–30 B.C.
Geography:
Country of Origin Egypt
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
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:
30.8.421
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 irregular intervals.
The terminal is decorated in filigree with the scene of an offering royal sphinx in an Egyptian shrine above a lotiform design. The orientation of the scene suggests the terminal was made to hang vertically. The filigree might have been intended to hold enamel.
Formerly Theodore M. Davis Collection. Bequeathed to the Museum by Davis, 1915; accessioned, 1930.

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