Gold earring with a glass pendant in the form of a demonic mask

Phoenician or Carthaginian

Not on view

Translucent colorless with greenish tinge, cobalt blue, opaque yellow and white.
Hollow at back from rod, forming protruding face with rounded forehead and broad, flat beard extending downward; above, added colorless trail as suspension ring.
Yellow outline to head, forming line across brow and around beard; colorless ears applied at sides; bulging eyes outlined in white with blue pupils.
End of nose and proper right ear missing, and large, weathered chip on proper left side of face; pitting and iridescent weathering.
Large gold hoop, circular in section, tapering towards ends fastened in a hook and loop.

These pendants were used as protective amulets to ward off evil. Similar pendants are frequently represented on Cypriot votive statues and figurines, particularly "temple boys."

Gold earring with a glass pendant in the form of a demonic mask, Gold, glass, Phoenician or Carthaginian

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