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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery

Pendant

1850-1860 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Gold, with granulation
Brief Description
Pendant of Achelous head

Italy, about 1850-60. Gold, with powder granulation
Physical Description
Gold pendant, with coarse granulated decoration, in the form of a mask. The mask imitates a clssical or antique style.
Dimensions
  • Height: 3.3cm
  • Width: 1.9cm
  • Depth: 1.8cm
Style
Object history
Perhaps by a former workman of Sarno or another Neapolitan jeweller who experimented in the reproduction of classical jewellery. Acquired from the Webb Collection.
Production
Perhaps by a former workman of Sarno or another Neapolitan jeweller
Subjects depicted
Summary
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.
Collection
Accession Number
8864B-1863

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record createdAugust 12, 2010
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