Achaemenid Empire, Goat Headed Silver Bracelet (71mm)

Date: c. 530 - 350 BCE
Ancient Persia

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Item Description:

Includes glass top display box.

This silver bracelet dates back to the Achaemenid Empire, and features the heads of two goats facing each other. Goats are frequently seen in ancient Persian art, as many of them lived in the mountainous areas in and around modern day Iran.

Bracelets with goat headed terminals such as this are well documented in museum collections around the world. Museum quality examples can be found in the digital galleries of both the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the British Museum, though notably their pieces are better preserved and made from gold.

The Achaemenid Empire, founded by Cyrus the Great in the 6th century BCE, marked the first great Persian Empire and became one of the largest empires in history. Stretching from the Indus Valley to the Balkans, it encompassed various cultures, religions, and languages, and thrived under the principles of tolerance and efficient administrative systems. After about two centuries, the empire's decline began with a series of revolts and was hastened by the ambitious conquests of Alexander the Great in the late 4th century BCE. Within a relatively short span, the mighty Achaemenid Empire crumbled, making way for the rise of the Hellenistic Seleucid Empire.

The bracelet's outer diameter is 71mm and its inner diameter is 61mm.

Please note that wearing ancient jewelry is discouraged due to the risk of damage, as well as harmful additives like lead possibly being present in the metal.

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