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Patera Rosette Gold Leaf Disc Necklace

A number of elegant bronze bowls with swivel handles have been found in Lydian tombs of the Achaemenid period. The interior of a patera, from the Getty's antiquities collection, inspired this 22K gold leaf jewelry adaptation. This necklace features a design of rosettes framed by three concentric rings. Using an intricate process, each piece of jewelry is gilded and burnished by hand, then finished to a rich patina. Designed exclusively for the Getty and made in the USA.

- Dimensions: Chain measures 17 inches L
- Pendant measures 1 inch diameter
- Pendant drop measures 1 1/2 inches L
- Materials: 22K gold leaf, enamel
- Made in the USA
- Item #: MU2741

Achaemenid Persian silver drinking sets and other vessels from tombs in Lydia and elsewhere in Asia Minor survive in some quantity and demonstrate the importance of such objects as indicators of status in the Achaemenid Empire. Dependence on the fashions of the royal court are evident, but some of the finds from Lydia are of distinctively local types.

Shallow Bowl with Swivel Handle
Artist/Maker unknown
Lydian-Achaemenid, Asia Minor (Place Created), about 500 B.C.
Bronze
40.8 cm (16 1/16 in.)
78.AC.403