Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Vladimir Naikhin
Necklace with African heads
Provenance unknown
3rd–2nd century BCE
Gold and carnelian
H: 1.4 (each bead); L: 36.7 cm (total)
Harry Stern Collection, bequest of Kurt Stern, London
Accession number: 76.43.2367
The heads wear a cap of gold sheet intended to simulate the tight curls of the African coiffure.

Jewellery from Canaan, 1600–1200 BCE, 1980

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir