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Nike Riding a Chariot Intaglio Pendant

One-of-a-kind piece features an intaglio produced in Italy from pâte-de-verre, or glass paste, using the lost wax casting technique. The individualized setting is made of 18 Karat gold-plated sterling silver and was designed and handcrafted exclusively for the Getty by California artist, Maria de la Luz. This necklace depicts Nike riding a chariot in a bright fuchsia glass.

- Dimensions: Pendant measures 1 1/2 inches L x 1 1/4 inches
- Chain measures 18 inches
- Materials: 18K gold-plated sterling silver, glass, lobster clasp closure
- Made in the USA
- Item #: 92920R

Intaglios, or engraved gems, are hand-carved from hard stones and typically feature an inscription or image on one side. Prominent figures in antiquity had unique intaglios, frequently mounted in a ring, which when pressed in wax served as a seal to authenticate important letters and make forgeries difficult. Beautifully carved ancient gems can be found throughout the Getty Villa's Antiquities collection.