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

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