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Gold Necklace with Amethysts, Glass, and Gold Beads

6th–7th century
Gold, amethyst, (colored glass or rock crystal and emerald) beads
Overall: 17 9/16 x 9/16 x 1/4 in. (44.6 x 1.4 x 0.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301
Using gold wires, Byzantine goldsmiths worked the delicate filigree clasp on each of these necklaces. The Greeks wore amethyst, a violet colored quartz found in jewelry across the ancient world, as an amulet to protect against the effects of wine and poison and to keep them from harm in battle.
[ Amedeo Canessa, Paris (sold 1911)]; J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York (1911–1913)
Rorimer, James J., and William Holmes Forsyth. "The Medieval Galleries." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 12, no. 6 (February 1954). p. 126.

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