Necklace mounted with solidus of Emperor Valens

Roman
Early Byzantine Period
A.D. 364-378


Dimensions

Length: 21.5 cm (8 7/16 in.) necklace Overall: 3.7 x 3.3 x 0.6 cm (1 7/16 x 1 5/16 x 1/4 in.) pendant

Accession Number

65.1

Medium or Technique

Gold

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Necklaces and neck bands

Numismatic necklace. The gold chain has a Herakles knot as a fastener. The pendant of a gold coin (solidus) of Valens has a palmette and dart mount. (Obv.: pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right: DNVALENS PERFAVG; rev.: Valens with Victoria and labarum: RESTITVTORREI PVBLICAE?).

Provenance

By 1964: with Ars Antiqua AG, Haldenstrasse 5, Lucerne (Ars Antiqua auction 5, November 7, 1964, Hotel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, lot 159); purchased at the Ars Antiqua auction for MFA by Bank Leu and Co., Bahnhofstrasse 32, Zurich; January 13, 1965: purchased by MFA from Bank Leu and Co.

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour