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Lydian pendant - Medium model

REF BP000121 EAN 3336728545590

 Gold-plated

REF BP100121 EAN 3336728545606

 St. silver

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Gold-plated

This pendant of a very pure design must be older than Croesus, whose name still evokes treasures of gold and precious stones. He was one of the most fastuous rulers of Lydia, a very ancient kingdom of Asia Minor, bordered to the north by Mysia, to the west by the Aegean Sea, to the east by Phrygia, and to the south by Caria, which was on the other side of the river Meander.

This jewel was found in a tomb in the region of Sardis, the capital city of Croesus, along with two similar, but much smaller pendants, one of which was had the form of a ring, and the other of a circle with molding. They were probably worn on the chest, as on the island of Cyprus in the 6th century. Their symbolic meaning remains a mystery.

Lydia was independent and prosperous until 548BC In that year, Croesus was defeated by Cyrus the Great and his kingdom became just another province of the Persian Empire.

Size
H. 3,3 ; W. 3,13 cm
Packaging
Suedette
Epoch
Circa 3000 B.C.
Origin
Asia Minor
Material of the original
Original in gold
Museum
Paris - Musée du Louvre
Materials
Gold-plated, Sterling Silver 925
Art movement
Oriental Antiquities
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