Fortunato Pio Castellani. The pendant, referred to as a “bulla” (a hollow pendant introduced by the Etruscans, and possibly used to hold a protective amulet), is hinged at the top and decorated with granulation and wirework. At the center is an extremely fine micromosaic of a moth, a symbol of the soul.
"BETHLEHEM" BULLA. A 2,700 year old bulla bearing an inscription reading “Bethlehem” was discovered in the City of David in Jerusalem. A bulla is a stamped piece of clay used to seal a document or container. The discovery marks the earliest known mention of ancient Bethlehem, a city best remembered as Jesus’ birthplace centuries later. For more, click on the link.