Old Fine Necklace – KIRDAM – Egypt
1950′. Silver filigree, pink coral. The pendant (kirdam) it’s cm. 10,0 high x cm 6,5 (3.94″ x 2.56″). The silver chain is recent (nice Italian manufacture) and is 45,0 in lenght (17.72″); grams 42,2 (1.49 oz.).
The pendant it’s formed from 4 crescents moon. The crescent shape is used to represent the Moon, and the Moon deity Nanna/Sin from an early time, visible in Akkadian cylinder seals as early as 2300 BC. The crescent was well used in the iconography of the ancient Near East and was used transplanted by the Phoenicians in the 8th century BC as far as Carthage in modern Tunisia. The crescent and star also appears on pre-Islamic coins of South Arabia
In the iconography of the Hellenistic period, the crescent became the symbol of Artemis-Diana, the virgin hunter goddess associated with the Moon. Numerous depictions show Artemis-Diana wearing the crescent Moon as part of her headdress. The related symbol of the star and crescent was the emblem of the Mithradates dynasty in the Kingdom of Pontus and was also used as the emblem of Byzantium.
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