Necklace from Achaemenid Iran

All things

Necklace from Achaemenid Iran


Unfolding the context of a multicultural necklace

story by Tara Sikkel

This necklace shows multiple motifs from all over the Ancient Near East and its neighbouring lands. We will discover how the establishment of the Achaemenid Persian Empire played a key role in the variety of these motifs. This story takes you on a step-by-step journey ‘through’ the necklace, its symbolism and material techniques (most steps in this tour also offer longreads. Sometimes less is more, but in this case, more is more). Bits of patterns and context will be revealed, eventually leading up to the question: who could have worn this particular object?

Tap the screen to move forward Click the screen to move forward