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Polychrome Necklaces from the Late Hellenistic Period

Polychrome Necklaces from the Late Hellenistic Period POLYCHROME NECKLACES FROM THE LATE HELLENISTIC PERIOD (On the Question of the Origin of Necklaces with Butter fl y-shaped Pendants) 1 MIKHAIL YU. TREISTER I. Introduction. North-Pontic polychrome necklaces of the 1 st century AD Analysis of the structure and decorative motifs of necklaces with pendants in the shape of butter fl ies makes it possible to single out their characteristic features: (1) the main part of the necklace consisted of a chain intricately plaited like a braid, known as a ‘fox-tail’; (2) the central part of the necklace consisted of cabochon inlays, usually in oval settings or cells. Apart from one such necklace, which originated from the island of Ithaka, all necklaces with butter fl y-pendants, for which the fi nd-spots are known, come from the North Pontic region, mainly from Olbia and its environs, but also from Chersonesus and the Ust’-Alma necropolis in the Western Crimea (I shall be discussing at this point in time 15 such fi nds and have also pre- pared a comprehensive study of these objects complete with a catalogue, so here I shall be con fi ning myself to the conclusions drawn on the basis of this research). 2 There is http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Ancient Civilizations from Scythia to Siberia Brill

Polychrome Necklaces from the Late Hellenistic Period

Ancient Civilizations from Scythia to Siberia , Volume 10 (3-4): 199 – Jan 1, 2004

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© 2004 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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POLYCHROME NECKLACES FROM THE LATE HELLENISTIC PERIOD (On the Question of the Origin of Necklaces with Butter fl y-shaped Pendants) 1 MIKHAIL YU. TREISTER I. Introduction. North-Pontic polychrome necklaces of the 1 st century AD Analysis of the structure and decorative motifs of necklaces with pendants in the shape of butter fl ies makes it possible to single out their characteristic features: (1) the main part of the necklace consisted of a chain intricately plaited like a braid, known as a ‘fox-tail’; (2) the central part of the necklace consisted of cabochon inlays, usually in oval settings or cells. Apart from one such necklace, which originated from the island of Ithaka, all necklaces with butter fl y-pendants, for which the fi nd-spots are known, come from the North Pontic region, mainly from Olbia and its environs, but also from Chersonesus and the Ust’-Alma necropolis in the Western Crimea (I shall be discussing at this point in time 15 such fi nds and have also pre- pared a comprehensive study of these objects complete with a catalogue, so here I shall be con fi ning myself to the conclusions drawn on the basis of this research). 2 There is

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