Gold Coin Pendant of Constantine

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 03 October 2016

This object is associated with a late Roman emperor, who was at the heart of the changing Roman Empire. This gold pendant is set with a coin of Constantine the Great. The pendant is made in a pierced metalwork technique popular in fine jewellery of the time. The obverse of the coin depicts a bust of Constantine I, who looks to the left. The Emperor wears a radiate diadem and cuirass as well as paludamentum. His right hand is upraised. Latin inscriptions can be seen around the bust of the Emperor. Each angle of the hexagon was decorated with busts (male and female) in high relief. At the left lower corner of the hexagon, a bust of Attis wearing a Phrygian cap appears. Circa 320s CE. The National Art Collections Fund made a contribution of 20,000 Sterling to the purchase of the pendant; acquired in 1984 CE. (The British Museum, London).



About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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