Egyptian-Style Necklace with Scarabs designed and manufactured by the Castellani worksop in Rome. Attributed Giacinto Melillo. 1860-69. Gold, steatite, lapis lazuli, L: 14 1/2 in. (36.83 cm). [Click on photograph to enlarge it.] Collection: Walters Art Museum (Accession number: 57.1350).
According to the Walters Museum site, “Archaeological jewelry decorated with ancient and modern scarabs was popular in Europe during the second half of the 19th century. The Castellani workshop was famous for its copies of ancient jewelry, and this necklace has been attributed Giacinto Melillo, one of Alessandro Castellani's apprentices and protégés (this necklace bears his mark on the clasp). He later took over Castellani's workshop in Naples.j”
“Egyptian-Style Necklace with Scarabs” Walters Art Museum. Web. 8 November 2011. [Note search by the accession number: 57.1350.]
8 November 2011