Sasanian gold bracelet with turquoise inlay

Shanghai Guanfu Museum

Shanghai Guanfu Museum
Shanghai, China

The Sassanid Dynasty is the last one of the early Islamic Persian Empire, It began in 224 AD, and it ended in 651 AD. In many ways,the reign of the Sassanid empire Dynasty reached the cultural peak of the development of the ancient Persian empire. At that time, the emperor of the Sassanid reign sent many art talents and trade talents to china. Both sides have benefited from the silk road trading. This gold bracelet is made by sophisticated technology and exquisite and complicated weaving, which is full of charmful persian style. Cross flower which inlaid with turquoise is decorated on the ending intersection part, attached with small cross pendant rings, which enhanced the aesthetic taste of the Persian. The gold bracelet weaving layers cross lock is also very unique, the flowers are chic, and showing a difference with traditional Chinese style and Western style full of gold. This piece of jewelry is produced in the Southeast Asian region. Production of woven together with gold bracelet process includes a staggering and complicated process which is far beyond human imagination. The oval rings are in pairs and are twisted vertically, with a "knot" effect. The bracelet has a rough style generally, but its details are very fine with layers of locks. A pair of dragon heads are decorated by the end of the connection side, facing each other. The dragon heads are upturned, whilst their teeth are well organized and distinguishable. Their tougues are longer than normal dragon's mouth, which looks hilarious and cute somehow. The style and hairs of the dragon is different from Chinese ones, as they look more close to the Southeast Asian style.


  • Title: Sasanian gold bracelet with turquoise inlay
  • Location Created: China
  • Provenance: Acquired by Shanghai Guanfu Museum
  • Type: Accessories
  • Rights: Shanghai Guanfu Museum, China

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