Carthaginian Glass Head Pendant, 5th-4th century BC
The earliest type of head-pendants date to the 6th century BC and were produced in Phoenicia. Later types such as this one were produced in the Phoenician colony of Carthage as well as other Phoenician settlements located in Cyprus, Rhodes, Egypt, Sardinia, Sicily, Ibiza and Spain.
These pendants are highly ornamental elements of necklaces. Their function was not religious, though they possibly may have sometimes been used as talismans.
Provenience: Iraq, Ur
Archaeology Area: PFT/PFG [Pit F, E7, Level 3.00m]; UE IV: PFG/T, loose in soil
Period: Ubaid Period
Roman Tinned Copper Cavalry Parade Helmet, c. Late 2nd-Early 3rd century AD
Formed of hammered sheet, with arching crest terminating in a beaked griffin’s head, its talons holding a Medusa mask in front, the griffin’s body tapering to a dolphin-like tail, each side decorated in high relief with a capricorn with griffin-like head and coiled tail, the three creatures with rivets for ears (now missing), with continuous flanged rim to protect the wearer’s brow and ears, the rim decorated with friezes of punched circles and dots, two rivets at the front of the brow-guard with remains of a hinge inside for a face-mask attachment.
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