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LOT 0167

GBP (£) 5,000 - 7,000
EUR (€) 5,810 - 8,140
USD ($) 7,010 - 9,820

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£4,500 (EUR 5,231; USD 6,312) (+bp*)

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Achaemenid Gold Clad Silver Bird Pendant

6th-4th century BC

A bifacial silver pendant shaped as two facing birds with large circular gilt eyes, heart-shaped stone between the heads, hatching to the body, continued on the reverse, raised and gilt cells to each body in the shape of stylised flowers, drum-shaped finial below with circumferential band of gilt cells, waisted knops and suspension loop. 101 grams, 11.9cm (4 3/4"). Fine condition.

From a private family collection formed in London from the mid 1980s-early 1990s; this lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate number no. 10652-174207.

See The British Museum, museum number 1994,1004.1, for a bird's head similar in style to that of the birds decorating the body of the pendant offered here; see museum number 132899, for a similar stylised flower formed from raised cells; see The Metropolitan Museum, accession number 47.100.87, for a vessel decorated with gilt birds with comparable hatching to the bodies.