Pendant of beads on chains

Hellenistic Period
200–150 B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Ukraine (probably), Crimea


Overall: 4.7 cm (1 7/8 in.) Overall: 5.63 gm (0.01 lb.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold, carnelian or garnet, and glass (paste)

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World



A pendant of seven beads on chains suspended from a larger bead. The upper, largest bead and four of the lower beads are brownish red carnelian (also known as sard) or garnet; the remaining three beads are glass paste. The beads are capped on the top and bottom with gold rosettes decorated with petals drawn in beaded filigree wire. The upper part of the chains are loop-in-loop chains joined to a lower part in spiral “springs.” The pendant could have been attached to a diadem: nine similar pendants hang from a diadem from the Crimea in Munich.


By 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: W. Rome's Sale no. 495.); December 1901: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution