The eleven extensively detailed ornaments—a cross, a pair of leaves, and eight amphorae (vases) of varying shapes—are separated by hexagonal gold spacers meant to resemble miniature columns.
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Title:Gold Necklace with Ornaments
Dimensions:34 7/8 × 2 11/16 × 9/16 in., 7.936oz. (88.6 × 6.8 × 1.4 cm, 225g) Other (pendant cross): 2 11/16 × 1 7/8 × 3/8 in. (6.8 × 4.8 × 1 cm) Other (pendant): 1 7/16 x 11/16 x 1/2 in. (3.7 x 1.7 x 1.2 cm) Other (pendant): 1 3/8 x 5/8 x 1/2 in. (3.5 x 1.6 x 1.2 cm) Other (pendant): 1 5/16 x 11/16 x 9/16 in. (3.3 x 1.7 x 1.4 cm) Other (pendant): 1 9/16 x 11/16 x 1/2 in. (4 x 1.8 x 1.2 cm)
Credit Line:Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Cyprus Treasure, found at Karavas, Cyprus, 1902; [ Amedeo Canessa, Paris (sold 1906)]; J. Pierpont Morgan (American), London and New York (1906–1913)
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