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This is a wonderful early Iron Age gold appliqué, dating to the 5th century B.C. The appliqué is made from a hammered gold sheet, decorated with a repoussé rosette design. The center of the appliqué is set with a dark blue/purple glass gemstone, surrounded by a border of granulation. The back of the appliqué is folded for attachment. Such items were worn sewn onto clothing, or attached to an elaborate headdress. It is a superb and very bold example, slightly crumpled on the edges from the excavation.
It is a great looking piece of early gold, in excellent excavated condition.
CULTURE: Early Iron Age / Sakae Culture
DATE: c. 5th century B.C.
MATERIAL: Gold & Glass
SIZE: 41mm x 38mm x 5.17mm
WEIGHT: 3.31 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. S. Reynolds collection of Scythian art. Cambridgeshire