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Pendant: Head of a Female Divinity or Sphinx

Object Details

Title:

Pendant: Head of a Female Divinity or Sphinx

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Etruscan

Place:

Italy (Place Created)

Date:

550–525 B.C.

Medium:

Amber

Object Number:

76.AO.85.1

Dimensions:

32 × 26 × 12 mm (1 1/4 × 1 × 1/2 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of Gordon McLendon

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Object Description

This pendant is fashioned in the shape of a female head, wearing a crown with two rows of rays. The head goes with its separately made back (76.AO.86).

Provenance
Provenance
- 1976

Gordon McLendon (Dallas, Texas), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1976.

Bibliography
Bibliography

Causey, Faya. "Two Amber Pendants in Malibu: East Greek Craftsmanship?" In Amber in Archaeology: Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Amber in Archaeology, Liblice 1990. Beck, C. W. and J. Bouzek, eds. (Prague: 1993), pp. 212-218.

Causey, Faya. Amber and the Ancient World (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011), pp. 43, fig. 20.

Causey, Faya. Ancient Carved Ambers in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2012), no. 10.

Montanaro, Andrea Celestino. Ambre figurate: amuleti e ornamenti dalla Puglia preromana (Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider, 2012), pp. 76, no. 1; pl. XXIX, no. 3, ill.