3rd-2nd Century BC Ancient Thracian Emerald Gold earrings

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Ancient emerald earrings. A matching pair, each set with a rectangular cabochon emerald in a closed back rubover setting, to an articulated pendant with fluted borders and suspending three gold rods, fitted at reverse with secure hook fittings, approximately 3.6 cm in length. Tested yellow gold, circa 3rd-2nd century BC.

Thrace is an ancient and historic region of the southeastern Balkans, occupying areas in modern-day Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece. The indigenous population were of Indo-European origin and were known as Thracians. Fearsome warriors, the Thracians were divided into numerous tribal groups and often fought as mercenaries for the Macedonians and Greeks. Although previously dismissed by scholars as a primitive society, in fact they formulated an advanced and learned culture, steeped in music and poetry. Gold was plentiful, and as a result Thracian craftsmen were particularly skilled, producing beautifully worked jewellery and ornaments in the medium. The Thracian gold mines would later be exploited by the Macedonians and Romans following its assimilation by Philip II in the mid-third century BC.
Details
Place of Origin
Unknown
Date of Manufacture
3rd-2nd century BC.
Period
15th Century and Earlier
Metal
Yellow Gold
Stone
Emerald
Condition
Excellent
Wear
Wear consistent with age and use
Dealer Location
London, United Kingdom
Number of Items
1
Reference Number
LU1861705513
Address
Berganza
88-90 Hatton Garden
London EC1N 8PN
GB
+44 1228830349
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