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Necklace
19131-29118 MNAOR
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This necklace is a precious and very finely worked specimen of the Northern Iranian jewellery of the late III millennium B.C. It belongs to a type which is known but not so common. It probably never spread outside North-eastern Iran.

History of the Object
This necklace, of which similar examples have been found in the Bronze Age city of Tepe Hissar in North-eastern Iran, has been most probably acquired by the original collector in Iran between the thirties and the sixties. The necklace is part of a rich private collection, which includes Near, Middle and Central Asian jewelllery, as well as garments, furniture, vessels, metal and wooden art objects from Near East, Iran, Central Asia, India, Tibet, and China. The collection has been donated to the Museum in 2005.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Gold and carnelian 
Measurements
Weight:23,160 g 
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Iran; Probably Gorgan Plain, North Eastern Iran 
Geography
Iran 
Time period
BCE 22th century ~ BCE 19th century 
Creation date
BC; 2250/2200-1900 B.C. (Tepe Hissar III B) 
Function
Personal ornament. It consists of various types of metallic beads alternating --cylindrical, quadrangular with a triple cylinder, oval, and barrel shaped. At one end there is a small ellipsoidal carnelian bead.  
Acquisition
Donated to the Museum in 2005 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Giuseppe Tucci National Museum of Oriental Art 
Museum
Giuseppe Tucci National Museum of Oriental Art 
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