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1878 Wood Engraving Cyprus Necklace Medusa Pendent Jewelry Artifact XGS3

1878 Wood Engraving Cyprus Necklace Medusa Pendent Jewelry Artifact XGS3

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This is an original 1878 black and white wood engraving of an ancient gold necklace uncovered in Cyprus. Granulation was used to decorate each hanging bead, and the necklace's centerpiece is a slightly disturbing portrait of Medusa.

Cyprus is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. The first known settlers of the island are known to be from 10,00 BCE which has been supported by ancient artifacts found in villages from the Neolithic era. In these same areas some of the oldest water wells in the world have been found.


This 133+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. Light aging throughout. No creases. No natural defects.No surface rub.No tears. No water damage. There is a blind embossing in the bottom right corner.

  • Product Type: Original Wood Engraving; Black / White
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 8.25 x 5.5 inches; 21 x 14 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Period Paper is pleased to present this image depicting Cyprian archaeological finds. The artifacts shown were found during a ten year period by General Louis Palma di Cesnola, the U. S. Consul to the Mediterranean island during Abraham Lincoln's presidency. The relics were purchased by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and currently serve as the foundation of their antiquities collection. Interestingly, Cesnola became the Metropolitan's first director in 1879.

Keywords specific to this image: artefact, beading, pendant