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Object Number:
66-6-3A
Current Location:
Out on loan
Provenience:
Northeast Aegean
Period:
Early Bronze Age
Date Made:
2400 BC
Early Date:
-2400
Late Date:
-2400
Section:
Mediterranean
Materials:
Electrum
Gold
Description:
Hook and "basket" cut from metal sheet. Top of basket has four rows of granulation (16 to 18 grains in each row), with horizontal applique wires framing and dividing all but middle two rows; basket incised (or cast) to imitate vertical wires soldered together. Rectangular plate attached to bottom of basket divided horizontally by an incised line; upper half incised with crude cross-hatching; lower, plain half pierced by seven suspension holes (ca. .001 diam.) from which hang seven loop-in-loop chains. Chains connected at about mid-length by horizontal chain attached along their backs, and end in double conoid beads with pierced-disk spacers above and below. Similar to Early Bronze Age jewelry of Troy, Lemnos (Poliochni), and Ur.
Length:
7.3cm
Width:
1.5cm
Depth:
0.8cm
Thickness:
0.1cm
Credit Line:
Purchased from Hesperia Art

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Classical Gallery: Aegean Bronze Age (1969 - 1975)
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Classical Gallery: Aegean/Cretan (1975 - 2000)
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Trojan Gold ( Jul 1966 - 1969)
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Great Sites: Troy ( Jan 2009 - Jan 2009)
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Bibliography:

[Article] Bass, George F. 1970. "A Hoard of Trojan and Sumerian Jewelry". AJA. 74 : Page/Fig./Plate: pg. 335, pl. 85, fig 3-4
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[Article] Bass, George F. 1966. "Troy and Ur: Gold Links Between Two Ancient Capitals". Expedition. 8 (4) : Page/Fig./Plate: P. 30
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[Article] Athenassopoulos, Fotini, et al. 1983. The Technology of Loop-in-Loop Chains in the Third Millennium B.C. AJA. 87 (4): 547-548. : Page/Fig./Plate: pp. 547-548, Pl. 70, Fig. 2-3
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