CHINESE JEWELRY 5TH BCE Jade ornament, Eastern Zhou period, 5th century BC. These four discs of jade were for the decoration of a belt or pendant. The fact that they are linked without any joins represents an extraordinary piece of craftsmanship, since jade is such a difficult material to work. Its hardness is one of the many qualities which made jade so highly prized in ancient China.This ornament clearly belonged to someone of high social status. OA, 1937.4-16.250 British Museum, London.
Roman Chalcedony Discus-Thrower Intaglio Ring, 1st Century BC/ADManufactured in the workshop of the master carver Solon, set in a modern gold ring. The ancient Greek gem carver Solon (active 70–20 BC) worked in Roman imperial circles, fashioning idealized portraits of the emperor Augustus and his sister, along with images of mythological figures. Solon’s signature is preserved on five ancient gems. His carvings gained great popularity in the 18th century due to the outstanding quality ...
The Double Happiness Red Disc is made of Cinnabar (imitating Carved Lacquer, a highly artistic craft for ornaments and jewelry originated in Eastern Asia around 1000 BC). Beneath the Cinnabar Disc is a 16 mm Round Creamy Shell Pearl of excellent quality.
Dexamenos, active c.450 – 425 BC Engraved gem, c.430 BC This tiny gem – 22 mm high, 17 mm wide and 8 mm deep – is one of only four surviving works signed by the engraver Dexamenos of Chios. His name is carved behind the legs of the stool on which the woman sits. Judging from the quality of his surviving work, Dexamenos was a major 5th century artist, albeit one who worked on a very small scale. Another word is engraved at the top of the gem: Mikes, meaning ‘of Mika,’ the name,