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Necklace
Title Necklace
Museum Name Archaeological Survey of India, NagarjunaKonda
Gallery Name Reserve Collection - 02
Object Type Gold
Main Material Gold
Provenance Nagarjunakonda valley, Guntur district, Andhra pradesh
Find Place Sector N III/Site 109 (Rubble structures), Ikshvakulevel, Nagarjunakonda valley, Guntur district, Andhra pradesh/7. locality-- Eleswaram
Patron/Dynasty Ikshvaku period
Period / Year of Work C. 3rd/4th century CE
Dimensions Random measures: Length of the rectangular needle shaped component - 1.68 cm. Diameter of the tiny annular bead - 0.2 cm. Diameter of tortoise shaped bead (max.) - 0.88 cm. Diameter of the annul
Detailed Description Gold necklace consisting of one hundred numbers of thin and delicate rectangular needle shaped components (resembling tiny jasmine beads-locally called sannajaji (Jatikusuma) with a central aperture on each, inter spaced by ninety seven tiny annular beads three of which are deformed. A Roman coin of queen Faustina, queen of king Antonius Pius, served as a pendant (Obverse: Figure of the Emperor Laurate. The legendf round the figure reas, "Di Aug Favstine (C. A.D. 47), Reverse: Standing figure holding a staff in the left hand and the object in the right hand held in extension has been damaged by the hole made in the attempt to use the coin as a pendent. The legend, round reads 'Peter Nitas'). The pendant is flanked on either side by a tortoise shaped gold ornate bead, one of the five globular decorative mountings on each of these beds is missing . Two annular Torus beads and two cuboidal spacer beads possibly an alloy of high percentage of silver appear on the rear part. The objects discovered in a small earthen pot in the excavation are fastened through a thread in the order described above. Found fromSector N III/Site 109 (Rubble structures), Ikshvakulevel
Brief Description Gold necklace consisting of a hundred numbers of delicate rectangular needle shaped components with a central aperture in each item, interspersed by ninety seven tiny annular beads three of which are slightly deformed; a Roman coin of queen "Faustina" (Accessioned in coins Reg. Acc. No.3) served as pendent in between two tortoise shaped gold ornamental beads; one among the five globular decorative mountings on each of these tortoises is missing. Two annular torus beads and two cuboidal spacer beads, possibly of an alloy of silver appear in the rear part. The discovered components are threaded as described above. Remarks: Queen Faustina, also called as Faustina the Elder (AD 141) was the queen of king Antonious Pious, a Roman Ruler.