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Ref 2003
£625.00

Availability: SOLD


  • If you roll this cylinder seal in soft clay, you will see the wonderful impression this antique, Medieval, Serpentine seal makes. It shows a kneeling “hunter”, with one leg bent back and the other stretch forward for support, his hands reach forward toward a creature, and he seems to have a melon on his head. Why he is considered a hunter is beyond me. He seems to be paying homage to a large standing bird. While standing behind, are two, horned, deer-like creatures, one standing, and one on its hind legs. It’s as though they are hiding or teasing the man with his long hair. What this signifies, escapes me. I certainly cannot find any information on this display. But the seal, which dates sometime during the Medieval period, is more than likely to come from Asia Minor. It is 4 cm long and 20.4 mm deep.

  • Such cylinder seals were engraved with characters of figurative scenes to be rolled as an impression onto a surface, generally wet clay.

  • I have placed this fascinating seal on the side of the necklace, book-ended by two, vintage (and now rare) handmade, 18K gold on brass on hardened resin beads, made in Afghanistan. There are two more of these 18 mm beads, along with two small ones at the end of the necklace (7.5 mm).

  • The Afghani have been crafting gold for centuries. When Alexander the Great came to Afghanistan, his people brought many skills, one of which was working in gold. Like the Romans, centuries later, a yellow, 18K gold was used. But one of the techniques was to take sheet gold and work it onto hardened resin and then decorate it accordingly. For me, this handiwork and yellow gold colour gives the necklace warmth and character and complements the gems.

  • Two (rare), vintage, Tibetan jade cylinders, mounted with brass and inlaid with turquoise and coral, balance the cylinder seal. They are 6 cm long x 13 mm deep.

  • Seventeen natural, mossy-green jadeite beads (12.7 mm) complete the necklace.

  • A vermeil toggle clasp has been used because toggle clasps are easy to use and secure. My silver name label is attached at the clasp.

  • The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with its own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.

  • Length 50 cm.