Necklace and Pendant with Aphrodite Anadyomene
Made in Eastern Mediterranean
Gold, lapis lazuli, garnet ( ? ), and rock crystal
Height of pendant without short chains: 1 3/4 in. (4.5 cm); l. of chain: 32 11/16 in. (83 cm)
Byzantine Collection, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C. (BZ.1928.6)
Not on view
A large piece of valuable lapis lazuli mimics a shell containing a representation of Aphrodite, the classical goddess of beauty, arranging her hair and wearing jewelry. Her appearance on a woman’s necklace demonstrates the continued resonance of pre-Christian mythology well into the Byzantine and early Islamic periods.