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Pendant

  • Place of origin:

    Rome (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1858 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Castellani (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, mottled agate

  • Museum number:

    5995-1859

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 21, shelf C, box 5

This pendant was bought in Rome in 1858 by Henry Cole, the first Director of the South Kensington Museum, later the Victoria & Albert Museum. He may have acquired it from Castellani, the most prestigious of the jewellers in Rome.

Ancient beads, scarabs and engraved gemstones from excavations were an essential element of jewellery made in the archaeological style. Mounted in gold, they were densely set in necklaces, bracelets, brooches, earrings or rings.

Physical description

Scarab pendant of gold and mottled agate. The ram's head mask, once part of the jewel, is missing.

Place of Origin

Rome (probably, made)

Date

ca. 1858 (made)

Artist/maker

Castellani (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Gold, mottled agate

Dimensions

Height: 3 cm, Width: 1.6 cm, Depth: 1.2 cm

Object history note

Probably made by Castellani of Rome. Purchased in Rome in 1858 by Henry Cole, the first Director of the South Kensington Museum, later the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Descriptive line

Scarab pendant of mottled agate and gold, probably made by Castellani, Rome, about 1858

Materials

Gold; Agate

Techniques

Setting; Lapidary

Subjects depicted

Antique; Scarabs

Categories

Jewellery; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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