Gold capsule in the form of a grasshopper


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171

A recurrent object of the Archaic and Classical periods--part amulet, part jewelry--is the small capsule worn as a pendant. It is a Phoenician type particularly well represented in Carthaginian jewelry. The purpose of the capsule was to hold a text that would protect or assist the wearer. It is unclear whether the examples found in Cyprus were made there or imported from the Levant.

Gold capsule in the form of a grasshopper, Gold, Cypriot

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