30 Dec '15, 8pm

Two gold and garnet cloisonné dragon terminals from a 5thC Eastern Hunnic collar:

Torcs, necklaces and armrings with beast-head terminals have been found from Central Asia to the Caucasus, Black Sea and Carpathians. In the few cases where the finds have context, it is clear that these ornaments were worn by people of the highest social status. Two dragon terminals, for example, were found at Kara-Agač (southeast of Astana in modern Kazakhstan) in a kurgan burial with a stone-lined chamber (Werner 1956, pp. 65-66, pl. 31.5-6). The person in the tomb, buried alongside a horse, wore personal ornaments that included a diadem of stamped gold sheet with bells/pendants mounted on the upper rim, an amber necklace and a single earring. Also near the skull were ornamental terminals in the form of fantastic dragon heads. Each of these has a wide open mouth and a projecting forward-curving horn set above garnet eyes. Individual amber-coloured glass cabochons altern...

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