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orientalising necklace

Necklace made up of thirty-two gold beads, three of vitreous paste and one of steatite. It is the most outstanding piece from the Poble Nou cemetery and one of the most extraordinary examples of Phoenician-Punic jewellery from the Iberian Peninsula.   The techniques used to decorate all the gold beads are filigree, embossing and granulation. It contains several amulets that were considered very powerful at the time. Gold symbolises the eternal and unchanging and was believed to ward off evil spells and ensure well-being by protecting its owner even in the afterlife.   The centrepiece is the disc of the…



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