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Gold griffin-headed armlet
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This large gold armlet is one of a pair. Originally the hollow spaces would have contained inlays of glass or semi-precious stones. It is made in a style typical of the imperial court of the ancient Achaemend Persians, and pictures of similar armlets are depicted as tribute offerings on reliefs at their capital of Persepolis in Iran. The Greek writer Xenophon (born c. 430 BC) wrote that armlets were among the items considered gifts of honour at the Persian court.

This armlet was found as part of the Oxus Treasure, the most important collection of gold and silver to have survived from the Achaemenid period (550-331 BC). The exactfindspot of the Treasure is unknown but is thought to be somewhere along a branch of the River Oxus.

Gold griffin-headed armlet


From the region of Takht-I Kuwad, Tajikistan, V-IV century BC.
Ht 12,8 cm.
Bequeathed by Sir A.W.Franks.




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