Gold and Red Garnet Flask

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Rich red garnet cabochons nestled in bezels of gold and
surrounded by delicate twisted wire adorn this petite gold flask
found in northwestern China
This exquisite work of art is equipped with tiny loops from which the flask could be hung. The purpose of such vessels is uncertain. They might have served as perfume bottles. The Kazakhs are reputed to have used small flasks of gold or silver to hold precious spices for smelling, while artifacts recovered in Cyprus have included a necklace, equipped with a tiny gold flask which may once have contained perfume. A close comparable to our little treasure was found in Taurid Province, in the Crimea, and is attributed to the Sarmatians of the 1st century.

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Creation Date:
200 BCE – 100 CE

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