Achaemenid silver applique depicting a griffin

W65

£700.00

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A sheet silver clothing applique decorated with a fine repousse and engraved figure of a griffin.

Courtly costumes in the Achaemenid era were often decorated with precious metal appliques such as this. These emblems were part of the public display of the vast wealth of the most powerful court on the globe until the downfall of Darius III at the hands of Alexander the Great.

Culture
Achaemenid, 5th or 4th Century BC

Size
10.5 cms diameter

Condition
Losses as shown. The silhouette of the figure was partially cut out in antiquity, presumably so that the applique would flex when worn

Provenance
Ex. private collection, UK; acquired in 1981.

For comparable gold examples of Achaemenid costume appliques, now in the British Museum, please see:
https://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details/collection_image_gallery.aspx?assetId=24365001&objectId=282265&partId=1

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