India, Uttar Pradesh or Madhya Pradesh, Shunga Period (c. 187-78 BC)
Gold, . John L. Severance Fund 1973.66
These exceptionally fine pieces of gold jewelry would have been strung on a necklace. The auspicious symbols on either side of the egg-shaped bead are in the form of full blown lotus flowers with the seed pods carefully detailed, and trident-shaped forms decorated with stylized palmette motifs emanate down from the lotuses.
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