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Acquired in 1884 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
collection_code
MET
credit
date_end
0300-12-31
date_start
date_text
300-100 BC (made)
descriptive_line
dimensions
Length: 4 7/8 in, Width: 4 5/8 in
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
historical_context_note
historical_significance
history_note
Found on the banks of the Oxus during the Afghan campaign of 1879-80.
id
110241
label
last_checked
2014-08-30T02:59:26.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-30T02:59:26.000Z
latitude
location
On loan
longitude
marks
materials
gold
materials_techniques
Gold
museum_number
442-1884
museum_number_token
4421884
object_number
O140678
object_type
Armlet
on_display
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
A curved armlet terminating in representations of fabulous monsters, possibly hippogriffs. Parts of the surface are hollowed out, and other parts fitted with clossons, formerly enriched with jewels or filled in with some kind of enamel.
place
primary_image_id
production_note
Oxus treasure,made in the Greco-Bactrian Kingdom
production_type
public_access_description
This gold bracelet is part of the Oxus treasure, the most important collection of gold and silver to have survived from the Achaemenid period. Apart from this bracelet, the remainder of the treasure belongs to the British Museum. The bracelets are similar to objects being brought as tribute on reliefs at the Persian centre of Persepolis. The Greek writer Xenophon (born around 430 BC) tells us that armlets were among the items considered as gifts of honour at the Persian court. The hollow spaces would have contained inlays of glass or semi-precious stones. The bracelets are typical of the Achaemenid Persian court style of the fifth to fourth century BC. This object was bought by Captain F.C. Burton when he rescued a group of merchants who had been captured by bandits on the road from Kabul to Peshawar. They were carrying with them the Oxus treasure, which Burton helped them to recover, and so they allowed him to buy this bracelet before going on to sell the remainder of the pieces in Rawalpindi. It was from the bazaars of India that other pieces of the Treasure emerged, reaching the British Museum by a circuitous route.
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
slug
armlet-unknown
sys_updated
2013-08-17T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
title
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
300
year_start
-100