Torque necklace

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


Dimensions

11.6 x 14.2 cm (4 9/16 x 5 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

68.125

Medium or Technique

Gold

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

Collections

Asia, Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Necklaces and neck bands

Torque necklace formed of six rows of twisted wire flattened at each end into four bands and looped over. Wires twist in alternate directions. 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