Just added to our collection is this beautiful and important ancient Persian Gold Brooch, which dates back to around 200 BC. This piece is adorned with with two ram heads, an oval shaped pearl inlay, small round accent pearls, dangling chains and a pointed, inverted cone-shaped ornament. It is in a remarkable condition and still wearable.
This delicately crafted piece is in line, stylistically, with jewelry from that era. Bracelets and brooches usually featured too ends that were adorned by lion, ram, goose, deer or snake heads. Animals were an important part in every major ancient civilization and mythology as the represented various deities.
Rams appeared prominently in ancient Persia jewelry and mythology. Rams were seen as a symbol of virility and were considered a guardian spirit. Kings bore the head of a ram instead of a crown when he led his armies into battle. Ram headed gold jewelry were found in the ancient Royal courts of the city. This particular brooch was likely a tribute to the King.
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