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Silver pendant with carnelian scarab

Period:
Late Archaic
Date:
6th–5th century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot or Phoenician
Medium:
Silver, carnelian
Dimensions:
Other: 5/16 × 9/16 × 11/16 in. (0.8 × 1.4 × 1.7 cm)
Diameter: 1 11/16 in. (4.3 cm)
Classification:
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.4166
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
On the scarab, two figures flanking a tree.

This type of pendant, that undoubtedly also served an amuletic function, was Phoenician in origin and widely distributed throughout the Mediterranean.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 4166, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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