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

  • Creator
    Unknown
  • Place of Origin
    Unknown
  • Date of Manufacture
    3rd-2nd century BC.
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use
  • Seller Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Reference Number
    LU1861705513
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