Sarmatian Gold and Carnelian Pendant


Sarmatian Gold and Carnelian Pendant

An ancient Sarmatian pendant composed of a semi-circular gold panel with repoussé decoration depicting two deer on either side of an inlaid bead, and four carnelian beads suspended below.

Ca. 1st-4th century AD.
Width: 3 in. (7.6 cm)

The Sarmatians were a nomadic people who dominated the Northern Black Sea region from the 1st-4th centuries AD. Although they did not found stationary settlements, numerous burial sites have been discovered across the region. The Sarmatians buried their dead with jewelry and other possessions, and this pendant was likely part of a wealthy woman's burial attire.

Formerly in a New York private collection.

Inv#: 7342


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