Necklace card

Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool, World Museum

Necklace

M10313

Currently not on display

Information

Necklace as preserved (and strung in the museum) consists of 47 squat, hemispherical beads with two lion-head terminals and a large pendant in the form of a hollow female head with plain, flat back. The lion-terminals are constructed of sheet gold, with fine archaic detail, but the female head pendant is silver gilt; silver shows through on the back, flat surface. The beads, of exceedingly thin gold sheet (almost foil) alternate plain surfaces with sections covered in a decorative pattern of three-petalled lotus blossoms in repoussé, set off by a background of punched dots. The repoussé lotuses are so finely worked that they resemble granulation. The lion-head terminals are constructed of two longitudinal halves of sheet gold in repoussé. The head pendant is very carefully finished with smooth back and no trace of construction techniques; she has an oval face framed by a triangular hairline of a single row of thick, round curls, beneath a flat diadem and domed crown, small, pursed mouth and slanted attenuated almond eyes. Twisted wire has been added to outline the diadem; thin, fine wire forms a row of 3- and 4-petalled flowers on the surface of her diadem, and is used for her collar/necklace. The head-pendant is attached to the necklace by a suspension loop of sheet gold covered in front by a sheet gold rosette. The necklace is very short as preserved, and probably is missing a number of beads; the face-pendant is slightly dented.