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Carter No.: 269k

Handlist description: Pectoral ornament (or decoration) of lunar orb and crescent

Card/Transcription No.: 269k-1


Pectoral Max. H. 11.8, Max. W. 10.8, cms. Chains: 23.5 cms. Counterpoise: Max. H. 6.2, Max. W. 6.8, cms. Tassels of ditto: L. 7, cms.

PECTORAL: Silver Lunar orb and crescent upon a golden barque; the p-t symbol of heaven, out of which grow lotus flowers and lotus buds of inlaid open-work; pendant from it drops of lapis lazuli and green felspar inlaid in gold field; engraved upon the gold fastenings the prenomen and nomen of the king between uraei.

THE SUSPENSION CHAINS: comprise four rows of spherical and barrel beads of gold, lapis lazuli, carnelian, green felspar and black resin.

COUNTERPOISE (CLASP): of gold with lotus flowers, lotus buds, rosettes and poppies inlaid with semi-precious stones after cloisonné fashion. The left hand fastening slides off for opening and closing. The tassels ten in number, are made up of blue faience and glass cylindrical beads ending in faience beads of corolla form.

Tied to the lunar orb and crescent is a short tasselled cord for holding

Card no. 269k-1 relating to Carter no. 269k
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