Ancient Graeco - Scythian Ornamental Plaque / PendantAncient Graeco - Scythian Ornamental Plaque / PendantAncient Graeco - Scythian Ornamental Plaque / Pendant

circa 6th - 5th century BC

This original ancient gold plaque in the form of an eagle has been recently made into a pendant.

In antiquity, this gold eagle plaque would be attached to a cloth through eight pierced openings.

Eagle in antiquity was a symbol of strength and immortality.

The gold plaque has been mounted on a lapis lazuli slab with a slightly roughened frontal surface.

Height of the gold eagle - 45 mm (1 3/4 in.)

Size of the lapis slab - 58 x 46 mm (2 1/4 x 1 7/8 in.)

Technically, the metal alloy of the eagle is electrum, a naturally occurring alloy of gold and silver. The ancient Greeks called it 'white gold'.
Frequently, the porportion of gold and silver in electrum, is close to 50/50.
Some of the earliest electrum coins minted by the Greeks in the 6th century BC contained 45-55% of gold. The color of electrum is yellowish-white due to a high silver content. This particular electrum plaque contains 52.75% of gold and 44.79% of silver.

The eagle pendant comes with a metal analysis report showing 52.75% average gold content (min. reading 51.47%, max. reading 53.81%) with additions of silver 44.79%, copper 2.502%, zinc (-) 0.050%, nickel 0.010%.

Item ID: 1000395

Ancient Graeco - Scythian Ornamental Plaque / Pendant

$8,500 USD

Add to Cart
Questions about this item?
Email Shop

24 other shoppers have this item in their Cart or Wish List


Romanov Russia Ltd


Romanov Russia
Chicago
IL
  

Since 1998, we sell the most exquisite Romanov era (1613-1917) Russian and European antique jewelry.

3 and 6 month layaways are available with 1/3 down. Please ask for details.

Member since 2011

Shipping & Handling:
Expedited Flat Rate Shipping Service
Free
Insurance:Included
Shipping to: USA
change
other services

More from Romanov Russia Ltd