Greek Gold Crescent Pendant

 

Greek Gold Crescent Pendant

An ancient Greek Hellenistic gold pendant in the shape of a crescent decorated with filigree spirals and single granules, with a ribbed loop at the top for suspension.

Hellenistic Period.
Ca. late 4th - 3rd century BC.
Width: 1 in. (2.5 cm).

This type of crescent-shaped pendant is often called a lunula. In ancient Rome, they were worn by young girls as an amulet to ward off evil.

Cf. British Museum, inv. no. 1914,1016.1, with inlaid garnets.

Formerly in a New York private collection.

Inv#: 7350

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