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Pendant

  • Place of origin:

    Naples (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1850-1860 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, with granulation

  • Museum number:

    8864A-1863

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 21, shelf A, box 1

The mask represents Achelous, the ancient Greek god of the river Achelous which is the largest river in Greece. In Greek and Roman times the god in bearded mask form was used decoratively as a symbol of water.

Physical description

Gold pendant, with coarse granulated decoration, in the form of a mask. The mask imitates a clssical or antique style.

Place of Origin

Naples (possibly, made)

Date

1850-1860 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gold, with granulation

Dimensions

Height: 3.3 cm, Width: 1.9 cm, Depth: 1.8 cm

Object history note

Perhaps by a former workman of Sarno or another Neapolitan jeweller who experimented in the reproduction of classical jewellery. Acquired from the Webb Collection.

Descriptive line

Pendant of Achelous head
Italy, about 1850-60. Gold, with powder granulation

Production Note

Perhaps by a former workman of Sarno or another Neapolitan jeweller

Materials

Gold

Techniques

Granulation

Subjects depicted

Beard; Human faces; Masks; Antique

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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