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LOT 0154

GBP (£) 8,000 - 10,000
EUR (€) 9,560 - 11,960
USD ($) 9,740 - 12,180

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£7,200 (EUR 8,608; USD 8,770) (‡+bp*)

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A heavy gold bracelet composed of a round-section twisted wire hoop, corrugated tubular sleeves with capped ends, oval box setting with tapering sides set with a polished truncated conical banded agate cabochon; hinge closure with one fixed side, the other side with a removable pin. 2 3/8 in. (48.52 grams, 59 mm wide).

Old Swiss private collection.
Private collection, acquired in 2003.
Accompanied by an academic report by Dr. Raffaele D'Amato.
This lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate no.11325-189860.

Cf. The Metropolitan Museum, accession number 1995.539.13, for similar bracelet; cf. Marshall, F.M., Catalogue of the Finger Rings Greek, Etruscan and Roman in the Departments of Antiquities of the British Museum, London, 1907 (1968), for the type, pl. LXV, nos.2813-2815; Vernier, É., Catalogue Général des Antiquités Égyptiennes du Musee du Caire, du Musee de Caire, Bijoux et orfèvreries, Le Caire, 1907, pl.XII, no.52.101, pl.XIII no.52.099; Davidson P.F. & Oliver Jnr. A., Ancient Greek and Roman Gold Jewellery in the Brooklyn Museum, New York, 1984, fig.208, p.152.

The find spots of such bracelets in Roman Egypt points to Alexandria as a possible centre of production.