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Bactrian Silver Torque - SP.234
Origin: Central Asia
Circa: 330 BC to 100 BC
Dimensions: 5.5" (14.0cm) depth
Collection: Jewelry
Style: Bactrian-Hellenistic
Medium: Silver

Location: United States
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A silver necklace in the style of a torque, the beauty of this item lies in its simplicity. Of Greco-Bactrian origin, the culture that produced this item was a synthesis of Alexander’s Macedonian Greece with that of the local regions influenced by his conquest. The shape of the item is circular, formed of silver wire, the closure being comprised of a short, mushroom-shaped tail, turned back on itself, that enters a loop on the other end. The receptacle end is comprised of wire wound back upon itself in the form of a hoop and adorned with a spiral disc, resembling a crown or a sun-disc, that rests atop the torque wire, just behind the hoop, and then terminates in a spiral sheath of wire wrapped tightly around the torque. The wire has been gently twisted so that a vague spiral pattern appears on the surface of the metal, moving longitudinally towards one end or the other. Perhaps other ornaments, such as rings or gems, might have hung from the torque when worn around the neck.

The untold stories that this artifact must bear silent witness to, carried perhaps by soldiers as evidence of their conquest, or worn by Bactrian beauties to adorn the bosom, are tantalizing to entertain. What can be said about such an item is that it stands as a testament to the beauty carried by simplicity, and the noble craftsmanship of the lands that Alexander sought to conquer. Perhaps a necklace such as this was worn by the Bactrian princess Roxanne on the night of her wedding to Alexander. - (SP.234)


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