Sixteen small lunettes

Near Eastern, Anatolian
Bronze Age
about 2400 B.C.


Dimensions

W. (max): 27-29 mm.

Accession Number

68.119.1-16

Medium or Technique

Gold

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

Collections

Asia, Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment

Sixteen small lunettes, both ends drawn out and looped for suspension, decorated from the back with a dotted border. Cut from sheet gold. These ornaments appear to have formed the burial jewelry of a high-born woman, not unlike the gold treasures found by Heinrich Schliemann at Troy in 1878. Certain Egyptian motifs suggest commerce and sea ties between Egypt and coastal Asia Minor in the mid-third millennium BC.

Provenance

1968, sold by George Zacos (dealer), Basel, Switzerland, to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 10, 1968)

Credit Line

Centennial purchase with funds donated by Landon T. Clay