Ancient Wings Locket from The Met Museum


Our elegant locket in 14K vermeil recalls the wing designs found on a 6th-century wall panel from the ancient Near East. Beginning in the 5th century, monograms became popular motifs used in the mold-made stucco wall panels that decorated the palaces and houses of the Sasanian elite, and many had symbolic meanings. The motif on this wall panel very likely had protective significance. For centuries, global cultures have crafted jewelry with protective charms that wearers believe will enhance their personal power.

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