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Heartshaped gold ornament

Historical period(s)
Parthian period, 2nd century BCE - 2nd century CE
H x W x D (overall): 5.3 x 5 x 1 cm (2 1/16 x 1 15/16 x 3/8 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
Ten small loops on the back of this ornament allowed it to be sewn onto a garment. The naturalistic form of the two boars is modeled in high relief. Minute amounts of silver and copper color the nearly pure gold. A filling of pitch preserves the shape of the extremely thin gold sheet.

Possibly excavated in Rudbar, Iran [1]

To 1961
K. Rabenou, New York, New York. [2]

From 1961
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from K. Rabenou, New York, New York. [3]


[1] Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.

[2] Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.

[3] See note 2.

Former owner
K. Rabenou
On View Location
Currently not on view
Jewelry and Ornament, Metalwork
beaded wire, boar, chasing, Iran, Parthian period (247 BCE - 224 CE), repousse
Collection(s) Area
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
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