Measurements: 20.5 cm – length, 1.2 cm – width, 18.43 g - weight


Description: An extremely fine and delicate Roman gold necklace with a carnelian intaglio depicting a shepherd. The bracelet consists of thirty (fifteen on each side of the intaglio) hollow, double-leaf-shaped sections. Each section is made from gold sheet, and the sections are joined by links and loops on the back. The shape of the sections has evolved from double leaf and double bird shaped links in Roman jewellery (see references below) into a more schematic shape as observed on this piece. The end of the chain has a triangular terminal with a hook for fastening, decorated with incised concentric circles. With a gold loop on the other side, it forms a clasp. In the centre there is a gold setting with an inlaid oval carnelian intaglio depicting a shepherd wearing a hat and holding a staff. There is a small goat to his left side. For maintenance and wear please consult a professional jeweller.


Reference: J. Paul Getty Museum

Christie’s sale 3498, lot 278.

Yale University Art Gallery


Provenance: G. McKinley collection, 1980s.


Period: 2nd – 3rd cent. AD


Condition: Very fine, intact, minor encrustations on the surface.  Slight indentations to gold sections and minor scratches to the intaglio.


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