From a long necklace of pearls in fine stones and gold: the extraordinary variety of pearls of this long necklace illustrates this taste for polychromy, so characteristic of oriental jewels, which is at its peak in the Persian era.
The craftsmen have associated with a consummate art several dozen different stones: the contrasts of colours, materials, transparencies, opacities, compose a sumptuous symphony of colour rhythmed by golden pearls formed by rows of fine granulations, typical of the Achaemenid period.
This necklace was discovered in Susa, one of the capitals of the empire, in the tomb of a high-ranking figure who rested in his bronze sarcophagus, adorned with all his jewels, with beside him a silver bowl, two alabaster vases, and two coins that dated the burial of the end of the Persian empire.
Length: 150 cm.
Weight: 93 g.
Period: Achaemenid Persia, 4th century B.C.
Origin: Susa (Iran) from a long necklace of pearls in fine stones and gold.
Museum: Paris - Louvre Museum.
Materials: gold plated, agate pearls, gold plated pearls.