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Bracelet

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1860 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Firm of John Brogden (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, with a steatite cylinder seal

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mrs Harriet Bolckow

  • Museum number:

    735-1890

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 54, shelf B, box 3

The archaeological excavations of the 19th century provided new inspiration for jewellers. This bracelet shows a scene of the Assyrian king Ashurbanipal sacrificing on his return from a lion hunt. This subject is taken from a relief that was excavated by Sir A.H. Layard and displayed in the British Museum. Intellectuals particularly admired archaeological-style jewellery from around 1860 until at least the 1880s.

Physical description

Gold bracelet with applied decoration representing Ashurbanipal (668-627 BC), King of Assyria, sacrificing on his return from a lion hunt, after a relief in the British Museum. On the clasp, a Babylonian cylinder in steatite. Maker's mark of John Brogden.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1860 (made)

Artist/maker

Firm of John Brogden (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Gold, with a steatite cylinder seal

Marks and inscriptions

Maker's mark of John Brogden.

Dimensions

Height: 4.2 cm, Width: 6.6 cm, Depth: 6.6 cm, Height: 3 cm seal

Object history note

Applied decoration representing Ashurbanipal (668-627 BC), King of Assyria, sacrificing on his return from a lion hunt, after a relief in the British Museum. On the clasp, a Babylonian cylinder in steatite. The Assyrian sculptures in the British Museum excavated by Sir A.H. Layard were a source of inspiration to many designers. Layard published Nineveh and its Remains (1848-9) and Nineveh and Babylon (1853).

Descriptive line

Gold bracelet with applied decoration representing Ashurbanipal, King of Assyria, after a relief in the British Museum, by John Brogden, England, about 1860

Materials

Gold; Steatite

Subjects depicted

Horses (animals); Reliefs; Sacrifice; Kings; Lions (animals); Men; Figures

Categories

Jewellery; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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