Portion of an Colchian Headdress

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James Blake Wiener
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published on 05 October 2017

This unique specimen of Colchian goldsmithery is one of the earliest examples of making patterns in sheet gold by cutting out portions of metal (opus interrasile). This artifact was found at the Vani archaeological site, burial no. 24, in present-day Georgia. It dates from the end of the 4th century BCE. (Georgian National Museum, Tbilisi)



About the Author

James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of Ancient History Encyclopedia and its Communications Director.

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