Octagonal Pendant with Corinthian Column Spacers and Clasp Set

Octagonal Pendant with Corinthian Column Spacers and Clasp Set

324-326

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Gold

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1994.98

Description

Mounted at the center of this octagonal pendant is a rare coin issued by Constantine the Great, the Roman Empire’s first Christian emperor. Constantine’s portrait appears on the coin’s front, those of two of his sons on the back. Constantine’s image is surrounded by male and female busts, some of which are mythological figures. The pendant once formed the centerpiece of a sumptuous gold necklace, likely a gift for a high-ranking court official or member of the imperial family.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Byzantine
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Jewelry
Medium: 
Gold

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