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LOT 437

Estimate
GBP (£) 4,500 - 6,000
EUR (€) 5,330 - 7,100
USD ($) 5,730 - 7,640

PARTHIAN GOLD FILIGREE AND GARNET EARRINGS
(Gold and garnet, 31.5 grams total, 59.7 mm.).

Circa 2nd century BC-1st century AD. A pair of conical pendant earrings comprising a pair of hinged semicircular loops attached to four facing plates (a disc cloison; a filigree disc with heart-shaped cloisons; a lozengiform cloison; a small disc surmounted by lanceolate cloisons) above the domed lid of the conical pendant with six ovoid cloisons on the outer faces, with interstitial disc cloisons above, descending to a spherical finial; all cloisons set with cut garnets (one lost in antiquity) and executed in pelleted filigree ropework. [2]

PROVENANCE:
From a deceased estate.

FOOTNOTES:
The Parthians were an Iranian people who entered history with the conquests of Alexander the Great.

CONDITION