Antique Bulla 18 Karat Yellow Gold Lapis Lazuli Cabochon Etruscan Style Pendant
Centered on a round lapis lazuli cabochon, the frame beaded on the obverse and reverse. It opens on the back with a flap bearing the inscription AEI and leaving a circular space. The tubular belly is gadrooned. The applied reverse of the letters "A E I" surrounded by a laurel wreath, symbolizing in Greek and Roman mythology the wisdom and the glory; and it was gifted in the Ancient Greece to the winners in poetry and sports competitions. (Greek for "forever") Weight: 53,39 g. Lenght: 5cm Period: probably Italy around 1850.
It is an object with Etruscan culture origins, but immediately adopted by Romans. Firstly used as an amulet. Realized in gold, it presents a delicate filigree decoration.
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