Roman Gold Necklace with Ibex Heads

Roman · 2nd – 3rd century A.D.

Material

Gold

Dimensions

L: 37.0 cm (14.5 in)

Reference

22284

Price

$90,000

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Overview

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.

Provenance

Art market, prior to 1980s.

Ex- private collection, London, 1980s;

European private collection, acquired by the present owner in 1994.