|Gold Griffin-Headed Armlet. Achaemenid period (550-331 BC). From the region of Takth-I Kuwad, Tajikistan. A442.1884 (Victoria & Albert reg. number)|
The museum guide: "The Oxus Treasure is the most important collection of gold and silver to have survived from the Achaemenid period (550-331 BC). Armlets were among the items considered as gifts of honour at the Persian court. The hollow spaces would have contained inlays of glass or semi-precious stones".
The British Museum
armlet term details
Museum number: Loan. 1155
Gold armlet; griffin headed with separately made head, ears, horns and wings; fore quarters in the round and hind quarters and legs in relief; the recessed portions originally contained coloured stone inlays, including lazulite; most of these appear to have been removed for re-use in antiquity.
Achaemenid term details
5thC BC-4thC BC
Excavated/Findspot: Takht-i Kuwad term details
gold term details
Height: 12.4 centimetres
Width: 11.7 centimetres
Curtis & Tallis 2005 cat. 153b bibliographic details
Pinder-Wilson 1971a no.34 bibliographic details
On display: G52/dc3
2006 7 Mar-11 Jun, Barcelona, Fundacion La Caixa, 'L'imperi Oblidat'
2005-2006 Sept-Jan, London, BM, 'Forgotten Empire'
1995-2005 17 Nov-Aug BM, G52/IRAN/28a
1994 16 Jun-23 Dec, BM, G49/IRAN/28a
1975-ca 1990 BM, Iranian Room [IR], OT case, no 1
1971, BM, 'Royal Persia: a commemoration of Cyrus the Great and his successors on the occasion of the 2500th anniversary of the founding of the Persian Empire'
On loan from: Victoria and Albert Museum biography
Deposited on 17 July 1968 (deposit book item 2286).
A442.1884 (V&A reg. number)