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  • Place of origin:

    New York (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1878 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Tiffany & Co. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patricia V. Goldstein

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 21, shelf D, box 7

This necklace and pendant were inspired by a Cypriot necklace (450-400 BC) and separate pendant (about 450 BC) from the Cesnola collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

General Louis Palma di Cesnola had found the cache of ancient jewellery, known as the Curium Treasure, while serving as American Consul to Cyprus in 1875. The Museum acquired the collection in 1876 and the prestigious jewellers Tiffany and Co copied a number of bracelets, earrings, rings and diadems. Examples shown at the 1878 Paris exposition helped earn the company its first gold medal for jewellery.

Physical description

Gold necklace composed of alternating beads and seed ornaments with a central gorgon's head pendant.

Place of Origin

New York (made)


ca. 1878 (made)


Tiffany & Co. (maker)

Materials and Techniques



Diameter: 18 cm, Height: 32 mm gorgon's head pendant, Depth: 8 mm seed ornament

Descriptive line

Gold necklace with central gorgon's head pendant, Tiffany, New York, about 1878.




Jewellery; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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