Roman Gold Necklace with Ibex Heads
Period: 2nd – 3rd century A.D.
Dimensions: L: 37.0 cm (14.5 in)
Ex- private collection, London, 1980’s; European private collection, acquired by the present owner in 1994.
This necklace of extraordinary craftsmanship and intricate design is composed of forty die-formed ibex heads, each with long ribbed horns, combined with die-formed double lozenges above, each with a diamond shaped spacer attached to one side. On the reverse, each pendant bead is strung with a horizontal loop-in-loop articulated band. The terminals, both with ibex head and double lozenge above, constitute a hook and loop closure.