Persian Silver Siglos Pendant

GBP 595.00

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Object Description

A Persian silver siglos pendant, featuring a siglos coin set in a modern 18ct gold frame, with a loop attached at the top for suspension. The frame displays a London hallmark, hand crafted by a Hatton garden jeweller. The front of the pendant features the coin’s obverse, which depicts the figure of the Great King facing right in a knielauf position, also known as kneeling-running stance. The kidaris on his head, a type of crown worn by Persian rulers in the Median and Achaemenid periods, reveals the figure’s royal status; however, Persian coinage likely showed a portrait of an idealised ruler, rather than a true portrait of the ruling king. The figure is dressed in a kandys, a long sleeved cloak worn by men in the Persian Empire, which was later adopted in Greek fashion and transformed into a garment typically worn by Athenian women. The naturalistically rendered folds seen on the drapery allow to place the coin within the type IIIb sigloi, dating to the Xerxes I – Darius II period. The king holds a long lance in his right hand, pointing to the ground, and a bow in his left, now mostly smoothen out by wear. The reverse shows a simple, irregular punch mark and an X-shaped countermark to the left.

Please be aware that the chain is for reference only, we do have chains available upon enquiry.

Date: Circa 485 – 420 BC

Object Condition

Fine condition.

Object Details

  • material
  • dimensions
    W:1.4 x H:2.3 centimeters

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565
+44 (0)7833231322

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James

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