DescriptionThe Cesnola Collection, one of the Museum’s earliest collections, contains unrivaled works of art from Cyprus that date from about 2500 B.C. to about A.D. 300. This vibrant bracelet is based on two crescent- shaped earrings that are part of this noted collection and were produced on Cyprus between the fifth century B.C. and the first century A.D. The original earrings are embellished with granulation, a form of ornamentation in which tiny grains of metal (most commonly gold) are fused to an underlying surface metal.
22K gold overlay, with glass cabochons. Matte finish. Toggle closure. 7 1/4''L.
- 22K gold overlay
- Matte finish
- Glass cabochons
- Toggle closure
- 7 1/4''L
Art HistorySince early prehistoric times, Cyprus has been a way station for ships circulating around the eastern Mediterranean. Sailors, warriors, and merchants, including Greeks, Phoenicians, Egyptians, and Persians, passed through the island. The exposure of Cypriot craftsmen to foreign artistic styles from both East and West is reflected in the distinctive hybrid forms of jewelry that by the Classical period (475–325 B.C.) represented an amalgam of Greek, Near Eastern, and indigenous styles. The combination of a gold setting and a semiprecious stone, while familiar in rings, is not characteristic of mainland Greek jewelry of the Classical period. It speaks of influence from the east, where colored stones and glass were used with gold beginning in the Archaic period (about 700– 480 B.C.).