University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: MS2542
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: Italy
Period: 19th Century
Resin (material)
Length: 39.37cm
Other Number1272 - Stevenson Etruscan Series Number


The necklace is made up of 18 pendants in the shape of inverted pyramids, small round glass beads, and 19 gold beads shaped like spools with convex centers. The pendants are composed of an inverted three sided pyramid of sheet gold with a globe, to which is attached a loop of flat wire on the base. The lateral edges of the pyramid are narrow tubes of beaten gold with a horizontal fluting. These are capped on the base by a large globule with a granule on top. The triangular fields are bordered by three plain wires and each field is decorated by seven strands of twisted wire with the same pattern on all the pendants. The apex is capped by a small hollow globe with a granule on top. Necklace is covered by a resinous deposit. There is no clasp and no evidence for the present stringing. There is a distinct possibility that this necklace is a forgery. The plain wires bordering the pendants' fields all appear to be drawn; when viewed under magnification they exhibit a multitude of parallel scratches. Another problem is that while the pendant shape is common on earrings, it is very rare in necklaces.

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