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A Roman gold necklace with a sardonyx cameo, circa 3rd century A.D. Price Realized $30,000. Photo Christie’s Image Ltd 2014

Composed of forty-nine oblong embossed elements in the form of two birds joined at their tails, the elements joined by wire loops on the reverse, one tongue-shaped terminal preserved; centered by an oval box with a crimped border, set with the cameo depicting the draped bust of a woman in profile to the right, the details finely delineated; 15 ½ in. (39 cm.) long. Estimate $30,000 – $50,000

Provenance: Private Collection, Germany, 1960s-1986.
Private Collection, New York 1986-2011.

Note: For a related necklace also centered by a cameo, see no. 16 in J. Spier, Treasures of the Ferrell Collection.

Christie’s. ANCIENT JEWELRY, 11 December 2014, New York, Rockefeller Plaza.