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Octagonal Pendant with Corinthian Column Spacers and Clasp Set

Octagonal Pendant with Corinthian Column Spacers and Clasp Set

AD 324–26

Part of a set. See all set records


Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1994.98

Did you know?

Using the opus interrasile openwork technique, a goldsmith delicately punched and filed hundreds of tiny holes to create the intricate filigree pattern on this pendant.


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. This larger necklace is thought to have included four additional coin-set pendants—two hexagonal and two circular, now in Washington, DC (Dumbarton Oaks), London (British Museum), and Paris (Musée du Louvre).

See also
MED - Byzantine
Medieval Art
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