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  • Place of origin:

    Greece (made)

  • Date:

    200 BC-100 BC (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold with garnet and green glass

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 2, shelf D, box 5

This necklace is consisting of a gold chain strung with garnet beads. By the Hellenistic period (323-27 BC) colours became an important aspect of Greek jewellery. To achieve colour, gold was often combined with gemstones, or glass imitations, like the two green glass beads on either side of the clasp of this necklace. Garnets were most popular, but emeralds, carnelian, rock crystal, agates, onyxes or lapis-lazuli were also used. The clasp on this necklace is in the shape a gold goat's head. Animal heads were also commonly used on earrings and on bracelet terminals.
This long necklace was probably worn accross the breast.

Physical description

Necklace, consisting of a gold chain strung with garnet beads and two beads of green glass capped in gold; the clasp decorated with the head of a goat.

Place of Origin

Greece (made)


200 BC-100 BC (made)



Materials and Techniques

Gold with garnet and green glass


Height: 20 cm when fastened, Width: 2.7 cm, Depth: 0.6 cm

Descriptive line

Necklace, gold chain strung with garnet and green glass beads, the clasp decorated with the head of a goat, Greece, 3rd century BC.

Production Note

Said to have been found at Carystos, Euboea


Gold; Garnet; Glass

Subjects depicted



Jewellery; Europeana Fashion Project


Metalwork Collection

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