Late Period-Ptolemaic Period

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134

The chain is formed from two interfolded strips of gold. Traces reveal the three-dimensional flower had red and blue inlay. Ttraces of turquoise glass can be observed in the narrrow pointed sepals and the edging of the background petals. The background petals themselves appear to have been red: one retains a bit of carnelian inlay and others show traces of red cinnabar, which is a bedding material for red stones at this time..

The diadem might have been a funerary accoutrement, like a similar one found in an Achaemenid Period tomb at Sidon.

Diadem, Gold, glass, carnelian

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